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The Best Way to Play: A Little Bill Book for Beginning Readers, Level 3 (Oprah's Book Club) [Paperback]

By Bill Cosby (Author) & Varnette P. Honeywood (Illustrator)
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Longing for the new Space Explorers video game, Little Bill and his friends are disappointed when their parents refuse to buy the game and wonder how they can still have fun without it. Original.

Publishers Description
This easy-to-read story about friendship by comedian and storyteller Bill Cosby is now a Scholastic Reader
Little Bill and his friends LOVE the TV show Space Explorers. And so when the new Space Explorers video game comes out, they each want a copy.
But when Little Bill asks his parents to buy him the game, they say no. So Little Bill and his friends go to their friend Andrew's house to play the game.
What they discover, though, is that the video game isn't nearly as much fun nor as challenging as what their imaginations can dream up

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Best Way to Play: A Little Bill Book for Beginning Readers, Level 3 (Oprah's Book Club) by Bill Cosby & Varnette P. Honeywood has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/1997 page 59
  • School Library Journal - 12/01/1997 page 87
  • Booklist - 02/15/1998 page 1010

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Cartwheel
Pages   40
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1997
Publisher   Cartwheel
Age  4-8
ISBN  0590956175  
ISBN13  9780590956178  
UPC  078073003990  

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Product Categories

1Books > Special Features > Oprah's Book Club® > 1997
2Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
3Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Popular Culture
4Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Social Situations > Values > Fiction
5Books > Subjects > Children > Popular Characters > TV > Little Bill
6Books > Subjects > Children > Series > Early Reader > Little Bill Books
7Books > Subjects > Children > Issues
8Books > Subjects > Computers & Internet > Computer & Video Games > Video Games

Reviews - What do customers think about The Best Way to Play: A Little Bill Book for Beginning Readers, Level 3 (Oprah's Book Club)?

Excellent message for youngsters   Feb 22, 2006
These level 3 chapter books are great confidence builders for those readers just getting comfortable with reading. The story is engaging and the chapters give a sense of accomplishment along with suspense (whats going to happen next). Funny with a good message also.
Pleased with product  Sep 17, 2005
I was very pleased on the speed of the delivery of the product. It was in excellent condition to be a used book. Thank you for your wonderful service!
A good imagination beats a video game (almost) any day  Mar 26, 2004
In "The Best Way to Play" Little Bill and his friends find out that their favorite television "Space Explorers" has a new video game, so they all go home and start hounding their parents to spend fifty bucks to buy it for them. However, Big Bill says for Little Bill to ask his mother, his mother thinks $50 is too much to spend on a toy, and Alice the Great thinks he should be asking his parents for a book. The situation is that Little Bill and his friends do not think that they can have any fun less they have the new game. But, as Little Bill's mother correctly points out, asking and getting are two different things.

The point of this Little Bill Book for Beginning Readers, which is illustrated by Varnette P. Honeywood, is that Little Bill and his friends already had a great way of having fun without the new video game when they were waiting for "Space Explorers" to start and were imagining that they had their own space ship sailing through the galaxy. In his introductory letter to parents child psychiatry specialist Dr. Alvin Pouissant points out that using "television as a springboard for creative play" is a great way for children to develop their imaginations and to benefit from physical activity.

Bill Cosby's story also has a message about advertising hype that notes how the actual product is often disappointing. However, this particular point may well be the weak point in Cosby's argument. The "Space Explorers" video game is apparently easy enough that Little Bill and his friends can all get perfect scores. I am sure there are video games out there combine the twin sins of being expensive and not challenging, but my experience with such games has been that they can be the latter without being the former. It seems to me that many of the most popular video games are so challenging that you have to spend additional money to pick up a guidebook that teaches you how to get to the next level. Consequently, the potency of Cosby's argument in "The Best Way to Play" might hinge on the actual experience of beginning readers with video games in the real world.

The Best Way to Play is the best!  May 22, 2000
Little Bill & his friends want the new Space Explorersvideo game! Their parents won't buy it so how can Little Bill &his friends have fun without it? Written by America's most beloved comedian & storyteller, Little Bill Books value of friendships & family. They encourage children to solve problems fairly & creatively...
My 4 1/2 year old LOVES it !  Jan 22, 2000
For the first time, my son has truly enjoyed story time/reading. I can't explain it, but he just adores these Little Bill books. We have tried EVERYTHING to get him interested in reading and listening to stories. Maybe a 4 1/2 yr. old can simply relate! We all like the values being taught as well as the illustrations. It is a real joy to see and hear our son "read" us Little Bill stories. What a blessing these stories/books have been to our family. Thank you Bill and Varnette!

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