Andrew, Judy, and Thudd are out of the whale, but not out of trouble, when the Water Bug gets caught on the Great Barrier Reef! This is the third in a four-book set that will take the kids on a tour of undersea phenomena—from the Great Barrier Reef to the Mariana Trench to the inside of a whale—as they try to find their way home.
Paperback, 96 pages
April 27th 2004
by Random House Books for Young Readers
(first published April 1st 2004)
Andrew Lost On the Reef is a science fiction book appropriate to use in a 3rd grade classroom. This book is part of a series, Andrew Lost that follows a ten year old Andrew on his adventures getting lost in different locations such as the Great Barrier Reef, the beginning of the universe, and the Ice Age. Andrew is accompanied by his thirteen year old cousin, Judy and his robot friend, Thudd who offers Andrew and Judy knowledge on the location and inhabitants of the place they are lost in. AndreAndrew Lost On the Reef is a science fiction book appropriate to use in a 3rd grade classroom. This book is part of a series, Andrew Lost that follows a ten year old Andrew on his adventures getting lost in different locations such as the Great Barrier Reef, the beginning of the universe, and the Ice Age. Andrew is accompanied by his thirteen year old cousin, Judy and his robot friend, Thudd who offers Andrew and Judy knowledge on the location and inhabitants of the place they are lost in. Andrew battles the evil Soggy Bob Sloggins who always happens to find them. With the help of Uncle Al, Thudd, and their clever problem solving skills, Andrew and Judy always manage to escape and bring good to the situation.
In this book, Andrew ad Judy are lost in the Great Barrier Reef. The Water Bug, a Volkswagen transformed by Uncle Al into a submarine is trapped in a net, and then stolen by Soggy Bob Sloggins. Andrew and Judy encounter blue ringed octopuses, sea wasp jellyfish, cone snails, and other unique and dangerous sea creatures who live in and near the reef. Thudd and Uncle Al help them to protect themselves from these creatures and from Burpp, Soggy Bob Sloggins talking parrot sidekick. Andrew and Judy learned in the previous book that Soggy Bob Sloggins is using the creatures of the sea in his own animal theme park, and he is not being kind to the animals, specifically the squids who are referred to as squidwiches! Andrew and Judy find blue ringed octopuses and other sea creatures being trained by Soggy Bob to attack people and act in a way that is not typical of their behavior. Andrew and Judy navigate their ways around this danger, rescue the Water Bug and head on the protect the squids in the next book.
Based on the summary of this book, it does not seem to be such a quality book. However, what I found that was impressive about this book is the informational aspect of the book, and the vivid imagery and kid friendly diction. Thudd provides information throughout the book about the sea creatures that live in the Great Barrier Reef that make this book a good read aloud to share with students when learning about ecosystems. Thudd frequently mentions mutualistic relationships between animals which is a part of teaching students about ecosystems and how animals interact with and depend on each other. In the back of this book there is a section called True Stuff and there is factual information that relates to the content of the book such as information on jellyfish, clams, mussels, clownfish, and explanation of some of the vocab mentioned in the book. In the book, giant kelp was present and Thudd told Judy that seaweed is used to make ice cream, milkshakes, and pudding. I think this information would very interesting for students to learn about because seaweed is probably perceived as a vegetable so students would be surprised and interested to learn about this! One of the more important concepts explained in the book an in the True Stuff section was about compasses and how they work because of magnetism. This is another area of science to share with students and offers a relevant example (within the book) to think about when trying to understand this concept. There are pictures of a compass inside the book that explain how to use a compass. Throughout the book there are pictures of sea creatures mentioned such as lion fish, clownfish, and sea anemones. The strong visual support in the book will keep students engaged and provide them with a picture of the informational content of the book. And lastly, this book has language that kids would find humorous and engaging, which will keep the read aloud interesting and engaging! So because this book is science information heavy, I think a good application in the classroom for this book would be to read this book with students and either during or after the read, have students choose (or assign students) an organism that lives in the Great Barrier Reef and research it some and share their information with the class. The students could create a model of the organism, draw a picture, show a video, etc. The student would bring in a visual of the organism and share information about the organism with the class. Students would be encouraged to be as creative as possible. Another classroom application for this book would be in reference to the information on seaweed. Students could look up different components of their favorite food and research each component. This would be a good lesson to teach students about the makeup of food, nutrition, and even where their food comes from. This book is simple in text complexity but the informational aspect of the text and the engaging kid friendly humor and diction make this a good book to use in conjunction with a science lesson in 3rd grade that will surely be interesting for students and hopefully encourage them to read more from the series! After the True Stuff section there is another section called Where to Find More Stuff. This section refers to students to other books about the ocean and ocean creatures. Students particularly intrigued by the content of this book can continue reading about their interest in the ocean, and grow their love of reading! ...more
As all of the books in The Andrew Lost Series - great book. As soon as I am done with one book Ryan wants me to start the next book in the series. How can you say no to a budding little reader. Mom of course says yes - I am enjoying the books as much as him and we both are learning so much.
Recommended by mother of reluctant reader who likes this series. One phrase: "Lava boogers" gives an idea as to the intended audience. Actually also gives good environmental information. Relate to Time Warp Trio series.