Mitchell Goes Bowling
By: Hallie Durand
Illustrated by: Tony Fucile
One of my favorite things about opening a new picture book is that I have no idea what the book has in store for my life. Will the book lead a mini-lesson (Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting)? Will the book create a movement in my classroom (The Story of Fish & Snail by Deborah Freedman)? Could the book influence a twitter hashtag (I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen)? Maybe I’ll end up reading the book to one of my kids for the next 100+ days (Penny and Her Song by Kevin Henkes). Opening a new picture book really does hold a world of possibilities.
When I opened the book Mitchell Goes Bowling I had no idea where the book would take us. I read Mitchell Goes Bowling to my kids one night before bed, and it was a huge hit. My 6 YO son instantly became a huge fan. Mitchell Goes Bowling didn’t end when we closed the book. After reading Mitchell Goes Bowling, my son has decided to start thinking about his 7 birthday. I think that Mitchell influenced his decision to invite his entire class to the bowling alley for a bowling party.
You’d think the story would end there, right? Nope. On Sunday, when we were trying to decide what we should do as a family Breslin very excitedly pushed for our family outing to be a morning spent at the bowling alley.
The best picture books are the ones that remain open log after your read the final pages. I hope that Mitchell Goes Bowling has the impact on your life that it has had on mine.
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