"Passionate and witty. . . . Affirming." -- Booklist
This witty, refreshing treatise from a celebrated author and seasoned teacher is a passionate defense of reading--just for the joy of it. Drawing on his experiences as a child, a parent, and an inner-city teacher in Paris, Daniel Pennac reflects on the power of story and reminds us of our right to read anything, anywhere, anytime, so long as we are enjoying ourselves. Foreword and illustrations by Quentin Blake.
Grades 9-12. First published in 1992, this new translation of French author Pennac’s joyful ode to reading features an introduction by illustrator Quentin Blake, who also contributes quirky, playful sketches to complement the author’s engaging prose. Passionate and witty, Pennac draws upon his experiences as a child, parent, and inner-city teacher in Paris to espouse insightful declarations and reflections about the power of story. Pennac criticizes parents who do not nourish the enthusiasm their children have for reading, chastises educators who suck out the joy of the written word, and laments how our consumer culture reduces the book to a mere product—and he manages to do all of this without sounding didactic. Pennac closes the book by elaborating on his well-known 10 “rights of the reader.” Interest in this book among teens is likely to be limited, but those who share Pennac’s passion for reading will find it affirming.