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Book Review: How to Read Literature Like a Professor For Kids.

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How to Read Literature Like a Professor For Kids by Thomas C. Foster


In How to Read Literature Like a Professor: For Kids, New York Times bestselling author and professor Thomas C. Foster gives tweens the tools they need to become thoughtful readers. With funny insights and a conversational style, he explains the way writers use symbol, metaphor, characterization, setting, plot and other key techniques to make a story come to life.

From that very first middle school book report to that first college course, kids need to be able to understand the layers of meaning in literature. Foster makes learning this important skill fun and exciting by using examples from How the Grinch Stole Christmas to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, from short stories and poems to movie scripts. This go-to guide unlocks all the hidden secrets to reading, making it entertaining and satisfying.

Book Description

Did you know the Grinch was on a quest? What does it mean when a hero takes a journey? Gets caught in the rain? Or eats green eggs and ham? And what are vampires really about?

One thing is certain—there’s always more to a story than you think!

In this funny and practical young readers’ version of Thomas C. Foster’s New York Times bestselling book How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Foster offers a whole new perspective on reading, drawing from a wide range of classics and favorites to explore what stories mean to us and how we can understand them. Using all genres—novels, short stories, plays, poems, movies, and song lyrics—Foster gives kids the hidden tools for reading, making it fun and exciting!


My Review: Although the title says “How To Read Literature Like a Professor for Kids” some parents wouldn’t want their 8 years old to read it as some of the examples in the book are inappropriate for young children and clearly meant for adolescents.


Pages: 168

Ages: 8 and Up



FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of these books from the HarperCollins Publishers  in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.



September 6, 2013 - Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , ,

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