By Lois G. Grambling, Illustrated by Judy Love
Charlesbridge Publishing, $7.95, 32 pages

When a young boy wants to bring Woolly to the library, he has to ask permission from the librarian. Woolly is no ordinary pet – he is a woolly mammoth! In this story, a boy presents reasons why his giant friend should be allowed inside the Washington Public Library. While getting a library card, Woolly can practice his writing skills. After picking out a “mammoth-sized” pile of books to read, he might need to be reminded of the rules – no bellowing or thumping in the library! Woolly can reach the top of the stacks to reshelf books. Instead of reading to Cuddly Teddy in the reading corner, kids can read to Cuddly Woolly! Author Lois Grambling has written more than 20 children’s books, including Can I Bring My Pterodactyl to School, Ms. Johnson?. Judy Love’s illustrations are phenomenal, and the level of detail is incredible. Parents and teachers can use the book’s format to encourage kids to come up with their own reasons why their pet should be able to do something fun. Furthermore, thinking about a huge mammoth in the library will inspire beginning readers to visit their local branch.

Reviewed by Kathryn Franklin