Saturday, December 5, 2009
Chapter book of the week: The Van Gogh Cafe
The Van Gogh Cafe is housed in what used to be a theater. Theaters are always magical, according to the main character, Clara. And magical things do happen at the Van Gogh Cafe: breakfasts cook themselves, the owner, Marc (Clara's father) writes poems that predict the future, and cats fall in love with seagulls. Each chapter highlights a bit of magic that occurs in this sleepy little Kansas town. This would be a great introduction to fantasy, or it would make a great classroom read aloud. It is very short (53 pages), and contains many springboards for classroom discussions about writing, such as small moments, imaginative similes, and a person who wants to be a writer but feels that he doesn't have the talent. This will be suggested to many a reluctant reader in the months to come!