The Rights of the Reader

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Candlewick Press, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 165 pages
This witty, refreshing treatise from a celebrated author and seasoned teacher is a passionate defense of reading — just for the joy of it.

First published in 1992 and even more relevant now, Daniel Pennac's quirky ode to reading has sold more than a million copies in his native
France. Drawing on his experiences as a child, a parent, and an inner-city teacher in Paris, the author reflects on the power of story and reminds us of our right to read anything, anywhere, anytime, so long as we are enjoying ourselves. In a new translation with a foreword and illustrations
by Quentin Blake, here is a guide to reading unlike any other: fresh,
sympathetic, and never didactic, it is a work of literature in its own right.

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A must-read once a year. Pennac likens reading to falling in love; it's not a priority you have to consciously make time for, you just can't help yourself, it's an act of defiance. The way you choose a bag or a jacket based on whether or not it can hold a paperback. It's "an escape from the tyranny of life". For anyone whose child has ever struggled with reading (dyslexia, learning difficulties) grab this book immediately. It will restore your faith in your ability to inspire your kids, not just to read, but more importantly to love reading. If only there were more teachers out there like Daniel Pennac.  

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The most famous part of this book is the 10 inalienable rights of the reader which I saw printed out around the libraries and I think there is even a poster version that can be bought. Beside those ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Daniel Pennac, the author of EYE OF THE WOLF and DOG, is one of the most translated authors in France, with books for both adults and children appearing in more than thirty languages. He lives in Paris.

Sarah Adams is the award-winning translator of Daniel Pennac's EYE OF THE WOLF.

Quentin Blake has illustrated some three hundred books, including ON ANGEL WINGS by Michael Morpurgo, MICHAEL ROSEN'S SAD BOOK, and many titles by Roald Dahl. He lives in London.

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