Read the Book, Lemmings!
The team behind the New York Times bestselling Wolfie the Bunny and Horrible Bear! is back with with new Arctic characters in this hilarious learning-to-read adventure!Aboard the S.S. Cliff, First Mate Foxy reads an interesting fact: "Lemmings don't jump off cliffs." But Foxy can't get the lemmings on the Cliff to read his book, too. They're too busy jumping off.After a chilly third rescue, exasperated Foxy and grumbly polar bear Captain PB realize their naughty nautical crew isn't being stubborn: The lemmings (Jumper, Me Too, and Ditto) can't read. And until Foxy patiently teaches his lemmings to read the book, he can't return to reading it, either!

Read the Book, Lemmings! Details

TitleRead the Book, Lemmings!
Author
ReleaseNov 7th, 2017
PublisherLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139780316343480
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Humor, Animals

Read the Book, Lemmings! Review

  • Laura G
    January 1, 1970
    Original and creative! Readers will more fully appreciate the story if they understand the connotations of calling someone a "lemming" AND if they are familiar with "lemming migration". I didn't know, but was inspired to research and learned that the myth of lemmings committing mass suicide by jumping off cliffs was largely due to a show that Disney produced in 1958 called "White Wilderness." "According to a 1983 investigation by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation producer Brian Vallee, the lemmi Original and creative! Readers will more fully appreciate the story if they understand the connotations of calling someone a "lemming" AND if they are familiar with "lemming migration". I didn't know, but was inspired to research and learned that the myth of lemmings committing mass suicide by jumping off cliffs was largely due to a show that Disney produced in 1958 called "White Wilderness." "According to a 1983 investigation by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation producer Brian Vallee, the lemming scenes were faked. The lemmings supposedly committing mass suicide by leaping into the ocean were actually thrown off a cliff by the Disney filmmakers." One can certainly enjoy the story without that background, but it was all the more enjoyable to me with this background. I love that the lemmings are named Jumper, Me Too, and Ditto! And of course, I have to love that Foxy teaches the lemmings to read. The illustrations are fun and tell a lot of the story.
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  • Katya Vinogradova
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a scream! Told and drawn in a very expressive way so that the action jumps off the page - just like those pesky lemmings. You could practically hear their tiny voices: Jump? I'll jump! Me too! Ditto! So hilarious, but also so annoying if you have to fish them out every time. The lemmings reminded me of the mice who constantly annoy Mother Bruce - and you know how much I love them.This would be a really funny read-aloud, especially if you're good at doing several different voices at This book is a scream! Told and drawn in a very expressive way so that the action jumps off the page - just like those pesky lemmings. You could practically hear their tiny voices: Jump? I'll jump! Me too! Ditto! So hilarious, but also so annoying if you have to fish them out every time. The lemmings reminded me of the mice who constantly annoy Mother Bruce - and you know how much I love them.This would be a really funny read-aloud, especially if you're good at doing several different voices at once.
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  • Lindsey
    January 1, 1970
    This is a hilarious premise!
  • Mallory Hoffman
    January 1, 1970
    I could read same Dyckman's books to my kids over and over, and they would sit and listen like it's the first time. This one is no different. Love these little lemmings!
  • Peacegal
    January 1, 1970
    Cute, silly, madcap fun as lemmings have to learn the hard way they really don't leap off cliffs. Reading is necessary, even for lemmings!Veg*n parents note: The polar bear character is a fisherman, and a bucket of dead fish must be repeatedly utilized to rescue the lemmings.
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  • Ksenia
    January 1, 1970
    Love the artwork and the silly premise! I mean, of course the lemmings didn't read the book: they don't know how to read! :) :)
  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    Ridiculously fun. This one is for a slightly older reader who will get the initial joke.
  • Margie
    January 1, 1970
    The cost for it is usually free. Some heed it immediately. Others don't initially follow it, but realize the benefit of taking it. There are those stubborn few who rarely listen. Sometimes they have a good reason.When author Ame Dyckman and illustrator Zachariah OHora collaborate readers are certain to find themselves part of numerous humorous situations. In their newest title, READ THE BOOK, LEMMINGS! (Little, Brown And Company, November 7, 2017) we travel to the northern regions of the Arctic. The cost for it is usually free. Some heed it immediately. Others don't initially follow it, but realize the benefit of taking it. There are those stubborn few who rarely listen. Sometimes they have a good reason.When author Ame Dyckman and illustrator Zachariah OHora collaborate readers are certain to find themselves part of numerous humorous situations. In their newest title, READ THE BOOK, LEMMINGS! (Little, Brown And Company, November 7, 2017) we travel to the northern regions of the Arctic. A trio of lemmings repeatedly fails to listen to advice, participating in risky behavior.My full recommendation: http://librariansquest.blogspot.com/2...
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    My first question is ... is there such a thing as a Lemming? I was first captivated by the pictures in the book. They are simple and fun. I mean the ocean liner that they are on is a whale. That is cool!!! The story is very easy to read. Some of it is told in dialog and some is just narrated. So much fun. Those little lemmings were like herding cats, all over the place and they do not listen, or they listen to the wrong thing. HA!! This is a fun book all around.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I give 5 stars to books on Goodreads very sparingly, but Ame Dyckman’s “Lemmings” wholeheartedly deserves everyone of them. Illustrator Zachariah Ohora and Dyckman make the perfect team. My students will love this book AND those silly little lemmings!! I can just hear them asking me, “ Mrs. Hesterman, do you have any more books on lemmings?” One of my favorite things about the book is Ohora’s way of making Captain PB and Foxy look like they haven’t had a shave in eons.
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  • Marcie
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not sure mentor text is the right way to say it, but I can see intermediate teachers using this to teach dialogue, quotation marks, and particularly use of comma's. Dialogue boxes and use of dialogue balloons help with graphic novel language as well. Have not read Horrible Bear, but I love Wolfie the Bunny. Hope the teaching points won't ruin the fun and humor of the book!!!
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    Humorous book for younger readers. The lemmings can't read so Foxy spends much of the book fishing them out of the water after they jump overboard. Small surprise ending when he teaches them to read and they find a new way to travel.
  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    In typical Ame Dyckman style there is lots of wordplay and humorous conversation in this story that promotes the value of reading. Use as a read-aloud at the beginning of the year, during MIRM, or before embarking on a research project.
  • Kristina Jean Lareau
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsWhimsical and entertaining, the acrylic illustrations were dynamic and colorful. I love the idea of this being about lemmings but I would have like another tidbit about lemmings to round out the silliness of the text.
  • Theresa Grissom
    January 1, 1970
    Who knew lemmings could be so cute! Ame Dyckman's books are such a hoot. I am a big fan of hers. Love this new book and I'm sure the kids at school will too. Read the book lemmings! I mean, people!
  • Jessi
    January 1, 1970
    I *loved* this! Finally, someone is unmasking the truth about lemmings. :)
  • Linda Atkinson
    January 1, 1970
    snort!
  • Laura Molinario
    January 1, 1970
    Picture Book
  • Sarah Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    Funny read aloud; importance of following directions
  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Cute. Possibly a little confusing with the wording/names for a small child to follow. Original.
  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    This repetitive book is ideal for reader who enjoy predictable humor.
  • Pam Page
    January 1, 1970
    "Ditto" to all of the positive reviews! A fun and silly book.
  • Jennie
    January 1, 1970
    Such a cute book! I'd definitely get this one for the silly kids in your life.
  • Diane Bowden
    January 1, 1970
    The perils of illiteracy in adorable lemmings. So, so cute.
  • Carrie Gelson
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my goodness, this is funny!
  • Glenda
    January 1, 1970
    Reading can save even the lemmings from making terrible mistakes, such as those who merely follow the crowd make.
  • Michele Knott
    January 1, 1970
    This is going to be a very funny read aloud.
  • Emyrose8
    January 1, 1970
    Cute. The author's note is the best part. :)
  • Earl
    January 1, 1970
    Delightful oddball story of the importance of literacy and friendship. Will make for a fun read-aloud.
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