It’s the last day of the blog hop, at least for me! Due to inflexibility of scheduling with there being 26 letters of the alphabet and 30 days in June not everyone has finished yet. I can’t believe I’ve made it to the end! This is probably the longest period of time I’ve ever written consistently. Whoohoo!
Before going any further, I should probably add a disclaimer that today’s post has nothing whatsoever to do with This Thing We Do. Instead, I decided to share one of my favorite children’s books, which also happens to start with Z. The book is Zoom!, a lesser-known book by Robert Munsch, of I’ll Love You Forever fame.
Another rollicking collaboration of Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko, in which young daredevil Lauretta puts her brand-new wheelchair to the ultimate test–and saves her brother!
Lauretta’s mother takes her to buy a new wheelchair, but Lauretta isn’t satisfied with a regular 5-speed or 10-speed model. No, she insists on the 92-speed, silver and gold, dirt bike wheelchair! When she gets a speeding ticket during a one-day tryout, her parents insist that the wheelchair be returned to the store…until Lauretta’s older brother has an accident and only one person can whisk him to the hospital on time–Lauretta, in her amazing wheelchair!
You can hear Munsch do a wonderful reading of the book on his website. He is a great reader, who reads with much animation and enthusiasm.I love this book for many reasons. The first of which is that it is both cute and funny. I also enjoy it because it was one of the first books I have found, though I did not discover it until I was an adult, that had a spunky, spirited heroine who also happened to use a wheelchair. I like books that encourage diversity in a number of ways and I especially like heroines that are like me. I never had that child, and it still gives me a little charge when I find it today.
I also used to this book many times in my former career as an English teacher. It’s great for teaching onomatopoeia (words that sound like what they mean) and also exaggeration and hyperbole. Though this book is most appropriate for young children and my middle school students would have sworn to their dying day that they were far too mature for such a little kid book, I never once had a single class get through the entire book without ending it laughing and enthusiastically following along every time it came back to the refrain ZOOOOOOMMM!!
Go check out the audio. It’s really cute and then visit the other bloggers on the hop.