My Very Favorite Book in the Whole Wide World

Written by Malcolm Mitchell, Illustrated by Michael Robertson

Based on the true story of the author, this is the story of a boy named Henley who is given an assignment by his teacher to bring to school his “very favorite book.” Henley panics because reading doesn’t come easy for him and he doesn’t have a favorite book. He would rather play football or see how many grapes he can fit into his mouth. In an attempt to complete his assignment, Henley visits the library and bookstore, but is unable to find his favorite book. Finally his mom tells him, “sometimes the best stories can be found inside ourselves.”

I could really resonate with this book, as students often tell me they don’t like reading. I love to watch their reaction as I recommend a book, and what do you know? They like reading after all. Two things I loved about this book were the cover, which was the cutest thing ever with the boy giving the book a hug, and the introduction by Malcolm Mitchell, telling his story of how he struggled with reading and how he wants to now help others.

Reviewed by Laura Schmidt, Media Clerk, Fox Hills Elementary School Library
Review shared in October 2021
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: Grades K-4

My Very Favorite Book in the Whole Wide World
Written by Malcolm Mitchell, Illustrated by Michael Robertson
Orchard Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.
32 pages
Release Date: December 29, 2020
ISBN: 9781338225327
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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