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Angus and Lucy love books.They have hundreds of them.Then one day, all the books are taken away, and Angus and Lucy discover they need books more than they ever imagined. A warm and moving celebration of books and the way in which they bring us all together.


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Angus and Lucy love books.They have hundreds of them.Then one day, all the books are taken away, and Angus and Lucy discover they need books more than they ever imagined. A warm and moving celebration of books and the way in which they bring us all together.

30 review for The Children Who Loved Books

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alex Baugh

    We all want our kids to love books and reading. Here is a delightful story about a family that loves reading so much, that even though they don't have a TV or a car or even a house (they live in a small old fashioned trailer), they do have books, lots and lots of books, piled here, there and everywhere. But when the day comes that there are so many books they don't fit in the house anymore, the family realizes it is time to do something. The books had to go. But once they were gone, things change We all want our kids to love books and reading. Here is a delightful story about a family that loves reading so much, that even though they don't have a TV or a car or even a house (they live in a small old fashioned trailer), they do have books, lots and lots of books, piled here, there and everywhere. But when the day comes that there are so many books they don't fit in the house anymore, the family realizes it is time to do something. The books had to go. But once they were gone, things change. The table wobbles, there's nothing for Angus to stand on to look out the window, then Mom and Dad and Angus and Lucy notice there is a lot more space between them and they are growing apart. Until...Lucy brings home a library book and the space between everyone grows smaller and smaller as they read the book. Carnavas says there are two themes in this book. First, the theme that we don't need a lot of material things to be happy. This is very true. The second theme is that books can bring people together and that make you happy. Think about reading to your Kiddos before bedtime. It is a close, somewhat intimate moment between you both. Maybe you talk for a minute about the story or maybe about the day, they may even open up and talk about something that is bothering them. Either way, if you were brought closer together by the daily bedtime story routine. And that can be just the beginning, thanks to books. And Carnavas reminds us, we don't have to buy and own books to be happy, we can just go to the library like Lucy and Angus and Mom and Dad end up doing. The boldly colored, whimsical illustrations, also done by Carnavas, are done in watercolor and ink, and are rather fun. Somewhere in almost all of the illustration there is the family's calico cat and roosters. The Children Who Loved Books is a wonderful, charming homage to books, reading, book lovers and libraries! And it is sure to become a favorite with all like-minded folks, young and old. The book is recommended for readers of all ages. This book was purchased for my personal library This book was originally reviewed at Randomly Reading

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melki

    A wonderful story of two lucky kids who grow up with parents who love to read, surrounded by books . . . and how they all learned to appreciate the benefits of owning a library card. What a delightful treat for readers, and book lovers, of all ages! A wonderful story of two lucky kids who grow up with parents who love to read, surrounded by books . . . and how they all learned to appreciate the benefits of owning a library card. What a delightful treat for readers, and book lovers, of all ages!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Kotkin

    An ode to books and reading. Though this family owns very little, their family life is rich and fulfilling as long as they can bond over books. Emphasizes minimalism as a lifestyle choice. Also demonstrates the importance of libraries.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Gelson

    All homes need many books! They connect us! A celebration of reading together, libraries and book love.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hawley

    One of my favorite children's books, this easily read and surely enjoyed book has a delightful way of reminding us of the beauty of books and living minimally - with a focus on relationships over things. I love it! One of my favorite children's books, this easily read and surely enjoyed book has a delightful way of reminding us of the beauty of books and living minimally - with a focus on relationships over things. I love it!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dusty Budd

    Book Title: The Children Who Loved Books Author/Illustrator: Peter Carnavas Reading Level: LG Book Level: 2.3 Based on your evaluation of the ten characteristics related to text difficulty: 1.Genres/Form, 2.Text Structure, 3.Content, 4.Themes and Ideas, 5.Language and Literary Features, 6.Sentence Complexity, 7.Vocabulary, 8.Words, 9.Illustrations and 10.Book and Print Features such as pages, print font, punctuation, reader’s tools. Book Summary: (1-2 sentences) Two children have too many books so the Book Title: The Children Who Loved Books Author/Illustrator: Peter Carnavas Reading Level: LG Book Level: 2.3 Based on your evaluation of the ten characteristics related to text difficulty: 1.Genres/Form, 2.Text Structure, 3.Content, 4.Themes and Ideas, 5.Language and Literary Features, 6.Sentence Complexity, 7.Vocabulary, 8.Words, 9.Illustrations and 10.Book and Print Features such as pages, print font, punctuation, reader’s tools. Book Summary: (1-2 sentences) Two children have too many books so they get rid of some and find out that now their family is far apart from each other in the house because of the extra space. To remedy this, the daughter brings home one book and from there, they are able to become close to each other and go get more books. Bookshelf Genre: ___X__Picture Books _____ Historical fiction _____Traditional Literature _____ Informational Books _____Multicultural Literature _____ Biography _____Contemporary Realistic Fiction _____ Modern Fantasy _____ Graphic Novels _____Poetry Bookshelf Mentor Writing Traits (explain one or two content integration ideas): Ideas - Organization – I feel this book can show beginning writers’ good organization because of the simplicity of the actions that occur. It has a dedicated beginning which introduces the setting and a clear problem that will need to be addressed later in the story. It’s the classic beginning, middle and end which brings the story full circle. I could see students using this as an easy, beginning guide to story structure. The sentences are short but the information is compact. Voice - Word Choice -This book introduces lots of fun words for the beginning writer. Words such as “clutter, propped, odd, slid, tumbled” make an appearance and have an impact on the sentence in the story. Students could try using these same words in a sentence of their own, understanding that a certain word can “spice” up the writing and make it more appealing to the reader. Sentence Fluency - Conventions - Presentation – Other Suggestions:

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lydia

    What a special little book! Absolutely loved it. What a great little find. Favourite quote : 'Angus and Lucy didn't have much, but they had all they would ever need'. All the ever needed was books / stories, as these brought their family closer, as they all enjoyed reading, they would all come together as a family to listen and read a story. They didn't have much as a family, but yet they had their imagination from books to help them play and let their ideas run wild. Message linking to you don' What a special little book! Absolutely loved it. What a great little find. Favourite quote : 'Angus and Lucy didn't have much, but they had all they would ever need'. All the ever needed was books / stories, as these brought their family closer, as they all enjoyed reading, they would all come together as a family to listen and read a story. They didn't have much as a family, but yet they had their imagination from books to help them play and let their ideas run wild. Message linking to you don't have to have all the money in the world to be happy, simply things which you enjoy, such as books can make you as happy as anyone else.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dallin Christensen

    Upon finishing this book, Dallin immediately turned to me and said, WE have a lot of books too, Mommy! Is our house going to OVERFLOW with books and EXPLODE? I had to reassure him that while we do have piles and piles and piles of books, our house is not [yet] anywhere near exploding from the tide of books. He was very relieved because he is happily a self-proclaimed child who loves books too. It's always wonderful to see yourself reflected in a story you love, and even more gratifying to see yo Upon finishing this book, Dallin immediately turned to me and said, WE have a lot of books too, Mommy! Is our house going to OVERFLOW with books and EXPLODE? I had to reassure him that while we do have piles and piles and piles of books, our house is not [yet] anywhere near exploding from the tide of books. He was very relieved because he is happily a self-proclaimed child who loves books too. It's always wonderful to see yourself reflected in a story you love, and even more gratifying to see your child find themselves in a story that's all about children who love nothing in the world more than books.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I do like the colorful illustrations and the message of the book about books providing joy and bringing families together. However, being technical/picky, the description in Goodreads and on the back of the book that "Then one day, all the books are taken away" is a bit misleading, as the father opts to get rid of the books since they have have gotten to be too much in their caravan. Would have liked to see the library featured more (instead of just one image of it with patrons outside) since it I do like the colorful illustrations and the message of the book about books providing joy and bringing families together. However, being technical/picky, the description in Goodreads and on the back of the book that "Then one day, all the books are taken away" is a bit misleading, as the father opts to get rid of the books since they have have gotten to be too much in their caravan. Would have liked to see the library featured more (instead of just one image of it with patrons outside) since it became this magical source for the family!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lori Jordan

    This was a wonderful book . The family has lots of books around their little house. But then books take over and the family needs to get rid of them. BUT it doesn't mean a person needs to stop reading- just go to the library! I read it to my class to talk about books and libraries. The pictures were great showing lots of books all over. From the story we talked about how books can bring people together. This was a wonderful book . The family has lots of books around their little house. But then books take over and the family needs to get rid of them. BUT it doesn't mean a person needs to stop reading- just go to the library! I read it to my class to talk about books and libraries. The pictures were great showing lots of books all over. From the story we talked about how books can bring people together.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Christina Reid

    Spotted this one while browsing in my local library and, as I love books about books, had to give it a read! It follows a family who live in a caravan and have very little of anything except for books...until one day they decide that the books have to go because they;re taking over. Yet, without books, lots of things around home don't seem quite right...then they discover their local library! A lovely celebration of reading and libraries. Spotted this one while browsing in my local library and, as I love books about books, had to give it a read! It follows a family who live in a caravan and have very little of anything except for books...until one day they decide that the books have to go because they;re taking over. Yet, without books, lots of things around home don't seem quite right...then they discover their local library! A lovely celebration of reading and libraries.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Another book by Peter Carnavas was recommended on Brightly. When I searched for it at my local library it was not available but this title by Carnavas appeared and grabbed my attention. What a delightful book! A very simple book with a powerful message for children and parents (and libraries)! I will check this out again when my grandchildren come to visit just as great conversation starter about the role books can play in our lives and in our families.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Robynsview

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. What a beautiful book that celebrates the beauty of books and libraries. I can’t believe I’ve never read this book before. I have just read it to my Kindergarten and Grade 1 students (I’m a teacher librarian) for our first library lesson of the year. It is a perfect introduction to the library and the wonder of books. Highly recommended for pre-school and early primary school aged children. A delight.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Freddie D

    This one perhaps hits a bit too close to home! I can completely relate to the books "stacked here, and piled there, balanced propped and shoved in all kinds of odd places" - whoops!! But I wouldn't have it any other way. Granted, I don't live in a caravan like the gorgeous family in this book, but it remains a sobering reminder that is a limit on how many books we need to own. And libraries are a wonderful asset. This one perhaps hits a bit too close to home! I can completely relate to the books "stacked here, and piled there, balanced propped and shoved in all kinds of odd places" - whoops!! But I wouldn't have it any other way. Granted, I don't live in a caravan like the gorgeous family in this book, but it remains a sobering reminder that is a limit on how many books we need to own. And libraries are a wonderful asset.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nicola

    A family who live in a tiny caravan and have few material possessions except for books. They decide to get rid of ALL their books instead of just the excess and then discover that their home feels too empty. They end up realizing that books bring them together as a family and rather than buy books they borrow them from the library.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rose English

    Book 11 of my Goodreads Challenge 2019 Loved this book about families and books. Dad decides to take all the books away because they are taking over their small home. When this happens the family find there really is nothing for them to do and they all become very sad. I'd be sad too if my books had to go. A lovely little read to share with the whole family. Book 11 of my Goodreads Challenge 2019 Loved this book about families and books. Dad decides to take all the books away because they are taking over their small home. When this happens the family find there really is nothing for them to do and they all become very sad. I'd be sad too if my books had to go. A lovely little read to share with the whole family.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Oh my how I love this story! I want my children to grow up loving books, and this story is about a family who loves books so much that when they get rid of the ones they have they are unhappy. They are not close. It is a library book that brings them back together and close again. I simply could read this story over and over to my children.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ida Wilcox

    Sometimes in life after read such heavy adult books its good to just read something simple and child like. This book did that for me. Learn alot in its 32 pages. I work at Goodwill and someone donated this book. While reading it, it made me realize to take stock around you and appreciate the people and the small things in your life. More is not always better.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sondra Price

    A sweet story about exploring a love of books, and the value of books. However, the writing style shifts noticeably just over halfway through, so it almost seems as if a different writer finished the work, which does disrupt the flow of the story.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Taylor

    Loved the message of this short book! Angus and Lucy’s family do not have much. They live in a caravan and don’t have a television or a car. Their only real form of entertainment is hundreds of books. Really spreads the message that reading is a joy and brings people closer together.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Simple book on how much two children love books, how the books fill their home, and how the family got closer through one book. I enjoyed it. The illustrations are alright (not bad but not amazing).

  22. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    this children's book teaches kids about reading books, family, togetherness and library's. This family owns very little, their family life is rich and fulfilling as long as they can bond over books. Emphasizes minimalism as a lifestyle choice. Also demonstrates the importance of libraries. this children's book teaches kids about reading books, family, togetherness and library's. This family owns very little, their family life is rich and fulfilling as long as they can bond over books. Emphasizes minimalism as a lifestyle choice. Also demonstrates the importance of libraries.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    This is exactly my experience with books. It seems like reading is a solitary experience, but it brings people together. It’s important to have a bunch of books around because people will read them, share them, and talk about them if they’re there.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Davidson

    Lucy and Angus loved books so much their tiny house became too full of them. The result was that the books were all given away. That's when they and their parents realized how very much books meant to them. One day the family found a new way to enjoy books and each other again. Fun illustrations. Lucy and Angus loved books so much their tiny house became too full of them. The result was that the books were all given away. That's when they and their parents realized how very much books meant to them. One day the family found a new way to enjoy books and each other again. Fun illustrations.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Little Seesaw

    I love how books are stacked all over the house. I am afraid this is what my house looks like. I even find myself hiding book. I just got a new dresser with lots of drawers. I don't want to put clothes in the drawers. That's right you will find stacks of books. Come to my house and get some books. I love how books are stacked all over the house. I am afraid this is what my house looks like. I even find myself hiding book. I just got a new dresser with lots of drawers. I don't want to put clothes in the drawers. That's right you will find stacks of books. Come to my house and get some books.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Samantha “Sam” A

    This book is too cute! I bought for my son because it really reminded me of myself as a kiddo. It had a great lesson behind it and the pictures are awesome!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Damien Cowger

    They loved books, and guess what? They still do!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tobey Brock

    Possible choice for reading a book during an interview tomorrow on Monday. I figured it should count as one of my books! ha ha

  29. 5 out of 5

    Vir

    This book was exactly as good as I expected😀. It is a quick, simple, sweet story about a family's great love of books. This book was exactly as good as I expected😀. It is a quick, simple, sweet story about a family's great love of books.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kim Huls

    This is such a fabulous, underrated book with an amazing message. I cried the first time I read a friend's copy and then immediately had to buy it for myself. This is such a fabulous, underrated book with an amazing message. I cried the first time I read a friend's copy and then immediately had to buy it for myself.

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