Miss Brooks' Story Nook (where tales are told and ogres are welcome) - Barbara Bottner


Missy loves her librarian, Miss Brooks. And she loves to go to Miss Brooks’ before-school story time. But to get to Story Nook, she has to pass Billy Toomey’s house—and she does not love Billy Toomey.
Billy always tries to steal her hat and jeers, “I’m going to get you!” It’s vexing. Then one rainy (and hatless) day, Miss Brooks changes story hour to storytelling hour. She teaches the kids about characters and plot and action and satisfying conclusions and encourages them to make up their own tales.
And that’s when Missy has a brainstorm. She sees a way to use her made-up story to deal with her real-life bully.
In this terrifically funny ode to inventiveness and ingenuity, Barbara Bottner and Michael Emberley celebrate the power of stories and how they can help us to rewrite our own lives.


Missy likes to get to school a little early because the librarian, Miss Brooks, has Story Nook right before class starts. Most of the time Missy takes the long way to school in order to avoid Billy Toomey, the pest that lives down the street. But, unfortunately, on the day of our story, Missy is running late AND it is raining so she decides to take the more direct route, which goes right by Billy's house.

When Missy finally arrives for Story Nook, the lights go out in the school. Miss Brooks suggests that everyone takes a turn making up their own story until there is light to read by again. Missy doesn't like this idea. She says, "I mainly like to read stories. Not tell them." Miss Brooks tries to convince her that good readers make great storytellers, but Missy doesn't buy it.

Finally, after listening to her classmates ramble on about weird and lame ideas and getting some gentle guidance from Miss Brooks, Missy begins telling her own story. Will Missy's made up story help her solve her Billy Toomey problem?

This is a delightful story and the illustrations are adorable. Also, I'm always a sucker for a book with a great librarian in it.


I didn't know this at first, but there is another book called MISS BROOKS LOVE BOOKS! (and I don't). Now I'm going to have to track it down.




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