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Pingpong Perry Experiences How a Book Is Made
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Pingpong Perry Experiences How a Book Is Made

Perry likes pizza and pingpong. But one day he wonders what kind of pizza professional pingpong players would pick. When he can't find the answers at the library, Perry decides to write his own book. Follow Perry's idea from beginning to end, and find out how his big idea becomes a book.

Reading LevelGrades K-4
Interest LevelGrades K-4
Lexile LevelAD560L
ATOS Level3.4
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #134455
Early Intervention Level24
PublisherPicture Window Books
Page Dimensions10" x 10"
Page Count24
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $26.65 School/Library Price

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Book Links - Mary Northrup, Reference Librarian

"In the Library, a new series published earlier this year, is a four-book set written by Sandy Donovan and illustrated by several different artists. Titles include Bob the Alien Discovers the Dewey Decimal System, Bored Bella Learns about Fiction and Nonfiction, Karl and Carolina Uncover the Parts of a Book, and Pingpong Perry Experiences How a Book is Made. Each picture book whimsically describes library basics through a lighthearted story and features a glossary and list of additional reading.”" - Book Links

March 1, 2010

Booklist - Daniel Kraus

"STARRED REVIEW! From its joyously inexplicable title forward, this inspirational volume from the In the Library series surprises and amuses with every page, while also neatly explaining the publishing process. “This is Perry,” the book begins. “Perry has a bike and a few freckles.” He also has a pair of passions: Ping-Pong and pizza. On the first page, Perry (digitally illustrated in an angular, retro-cool style) is clutching his own book: Perry’s Practical Guide to the Pizza Picks of Popular Pingpong Players. Donovan then backtracks to relate Perry’s meteoric transformation into publishing royalty. After finding no books on the niche topic at the library, Perry’s idle speculation turns into passion, and soon he’s e-mailing his paddle-pro heroes for their pizza picks. After finishing his manuscript and getting 41 rejections (“I think you will agree, it’s pretty powerful,” Perry boasts in his query letter), a publisher finally bites. What’s crazy about this is that it’s not that crazy—you can imagine a novelty book like this taking off. The editing process, complete with a sample of a copyedited page, is admirably realistic, as is the portrayal of the savvy professional women Perry encounters at every turn. Bonus: the other subjects in the series (including the Dewey Decimal system!) are just as goofily handled." - Booklist

April 1, 2010


Reading in the Dark, The Blind Bookworm Blog - Kestrell

"Book reviews: kids's books on Dewey Decimal System+how a book is made Occasionally I come across a book which makes me think, "If I was a young bibliophile, I would want this book," so I try to scan that book for Bookshare, in hopes that the poor blind children will then be able to have access to the book. Unfortunately, kids's books are typically very difficult to scan, as they often are slightly larger than the standard scanner, and they also typically have "fun" or "eye-catching" fonts, illustrations, or design elements which need to be included in the text but which also are typically difficult or impossible to scan. Thus, LJ user alexx_kay deserves quite a bit of credit for proofreading and writing descriptions for the pictures in these books. Bob the Alien was pretty awesome, and I love his t-shirt (it has a picture of a red-haired man and says "I believe"--that's an X-Files reference for those who didn't get it). Also, when his head spins, it literally spins. If you want a book that will turn young children on to the secret code of the DDS, this may be it, although it doesn't have the manic whimsy of a Daniel Pinkwater book (then again, what does?). Pingpong Perry gives a good explanation of how a book comes into being, but I was a bit disappointed that more specific terms like "copy edit" and "book review" were not used--I feel pretty certain that kids could grasp the more precise words, even if they do have more syllables. That is a rather small picky criticism, though. If you don't get the message from the title of this book, it has a lot of alliteration using p words, and it can be problematical putting the brakes on even after you have put the book down." - Reading in the Dark, The Blind Bookworm Blog

April 12, 2010

School Library Journal - Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ

"These attractive volumes will be a boon to librarians seeking fresh material to use when introducing library basics. Each book couches the relevant information within the framework of a story, adding significant interest to what is otherwise potentially dry material. In Bob, Alison Wonderland introduces an interplanetary visitor to standard library organization. The text is clear and logical and punctuated by Bob’s amusing observations. Bored Bella compares and contrasts fiction and nonfiction as the librarian (Ms. Paige Turner) slowly but surely captures the child’s attention. Pingpong Perry follows the path of a book from the initial inspiration to the publicity that follows publication. Karl and Carolina examines the various components of a book on dinosaurs. The brightly colored, digitally rendered illustrations feature a multiethnic cast of characters and have plenty of kid appeal." - School Library Journal

April 1, 2010


Children's Book a Day - Lady Ida

"Perry likes pizza and pingpong. But one day he wonders what kind of pizza professional pingpong players would pick. When he can't find the answers at the library, Perry decides to write his own book. Follow Perry's idea from beginning to end, and find out how his big idea becomes a book. This well written and designed book from Picture Window Books: a capstone imprint was funny and a bit quirky! I thought the idea was very creative! The book is colorful and engaging. The larger print makes it easy to read. Students both learn about Perry's Ping Pong adventures and the book publishing cycle. I liked this book because I am hoping that students will read this book and decide to write, edit, design, illustrate and finally publish their own books! There is a combination of pictures, drawing, and illustrations in this book. It is very well organized and will hold the attention of both children and adults..... The plethora of pictures and short well thought out text make for a very quick, fun, and thought-provoking read!!!!!!!!! I would recommend this book for home, school, and public libraries!" - Children's Book a Day

December 6, 2010


Midwest Independent Publishers Association

2011 Midwest Book Awards Finalist

April 1, 2011

Sandy Donovan

Sandy Donovan

Sandy Donovan has written more than two dozen books for kids and teens. She also writes for newspapers, magazines, and Websites. Her book The Channel Tunnel was a Minnesota Book Award finalist.

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