Book or Bell?
The first page has Henry hooked.
The second page has him captivated.
The third page . . .
. . . will have to wait.
That is, unless Henry ignores the bell, stays put, and keeps on reading the most awesome book.
By not springing up with the ringing of the bell, Henry sets off a chain reaction unlike anything his school or town has ever seen. Luckily, Mayor Wise, Governor Bright, and Senator Brilliant know exactly what the situation calls for:
A louder bell. MUCH louder.
With this hilarious, high-energy satire from bestselling author Chris Barton and illustrator Ashley Spires, readers will be cheering louder still as one of their own continues to just stay put.
Praise For Book or Bell?…
"Barton couples engaging storytelling with Spires’ hilariously chaotic scenes featuring a multicultural cast of comical characters . . . This sidesplitting story will keep young readers highly amused till the very end." - Booklist
"A zany, rollicking story with hilarious illustrations." - Kirkus Reviews
"Sure to get big laughs . . . Spires has as much fun drawing the chaos caused by the booming bells, which blow the ink off whiteboard and send clothes and backpacks flying." - Publishers Weekly
Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 9781681197296, 40pp.
Publication Date: October 17, 2017
About the Author
Chris Barton is the author of the New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller Shark vs. Train, which was a finalist for the 2011 Children's Choice Book Awards and named one of the best books of 2010 by Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Parents, The Washington Post, Barnes & Noble, and The Bank Street Children's Book Committee. Chris is also author of Mighty Truck, the American Library Association Sibert Honor-winning The Day-Glo Brothers, and The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch and Woosh: Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions, both illustrated by Don Tate. He lives in Austin, Texas with his family.
Ashley Spires grew up in the Pacific Northwest, the supposed stomping grounds of Bigfoot. She is the author and illustrator of a number of books for children, including The Most Magnificent Thing, Small Saul, and The Adventures of Binky the Space Cat. She was the recipient of the 2011 Silver Birch Express Award and the 2011 Hackmatack Award for Binky the Space Cat and was shortlisted for a Joe Shuster Comics for Kids Award and an Eisner Award for Binky Under Pressure. Ashley lives in British Columbia.