I love Elephant and Piggie books. I love Dan Santat books. I find it odd that Elephant and Piggie are introducing this book. I think I would have likeI love Elephant and Piggie books. I love Dan Santat books. I find it odd that Elephant and Piggie are introducing this book. I think I would have liked it better if Dan's story just stood on it's own. Kinda weird to me that Elephant and Piggie basically introduce and conclude this book. Maybe that will grow on me...but I kinda just wish Dan's portion of the book was by itself. And I could totally see Dan's characters doing more Easy Reader type of books. They seemed like fun characters... Overall I liked it. I just was a wee bit confused about it all. ...more
Silly Lilly is simple comic book for beginning readers. Lilly believes that “Every day is a new day to play!” Readers can watch what Silly Lilly preteSilly Lilly is simple comic book for beginning readers. Lilly believes that “Every day is a new day to play!” Readers can watch what Silly Lilly pretends to be (or what she plays) each day of the week. Each section starts with telling which day of the week it is and what Lilly is being. For example it says “So, on Monday Silly Lilly is a cook.” Then there are numbered panels that tell what Lilly is “doing” each day. The panels are simple. They are all the same shape and size and are read from left to right—which is perfect for teaching kids how graphic novels work in a simplified way that won’t confuse beginning readers who have just learned the fundamentals of reading left to right. At the end of the story there is a recap of what Silly Lilly did each day of the week and tells what Lilly did on Sunday (the day that didn’t have its own story). Also, when Lilly is talking the word bubbles have longer tails leaving no question as to the fact that those words are what she is saying (even though there aren’t any other characters in the story). Basically this is a basic graphic novel perfect for beginning readers (of traditional text or graphic novels). Although the story is so basic that those who enjoy just a bit more of an advanced storyline will find this a bit dull....more
Elephant and Snake are talking to each other. Their best friends Piggie and Brian Bat just met for the first time and they are playing. At first ElephElephant and Snake are talking to each other. Their best friends Piggie and Brian Bat just met for the first time and they are playing. At first Elephant and Snake aren’t worried. But then they start to wonder if their best friends will become best friends and leave Elephant and Snake out in the cold. This is another great Elephant and Piggie book. Especially because it deals with something that many youngsters wonder about: will my friends always be my friend and like me best of all? It is an important thought, and Willems deals with it in a clever and amusing way. Those young kiddos who are just learning to read will become best friends with Elephant and Piggie if they haven’t already....more
In this fun edition of Elephant and Piggie, Piggie tells Gerald that she is now a frog. This worries Gerald. One minute Piggie was a pig and the nextIn this fun edition of Elephant and Piggie, Piggie tells Gerald that she is now a frog. This worries Gerald. One minute Piggie was a pig and the next she was a frog. And he doesn’t want to be a frog. Soon enough Gerald learns about the world of make believe and imagination. And then even though Gerald doesn’t want to be a frog, he does decide that playing pretend might be fun.
This is another fun gem of an early reader that Mo Willems has created. I especially enjoyed the fact that the book is all about pretending…seeing how that is what the bulk of my childhood was spent doing. This is just another book that shows just how much I love the mind of Mo Willems. He is quite the genius and this is one more quality book that has found a place in my literary heart....more
This is a fun story about Scribbles (a cat that is drawn with “scribbles”) and Ink (a mouse that is a solid black color, like ink). They are friends.This is a fun story about Scribbles (a cat that is drawn with “scribbles”) and Ink (a mouse that is a solid black color, like ink). They are friends. In this particular story Ink finds a flyer that tells about a drawing contest. The contestants must draw a dinosaur…and the deadline is “tomorrow”. However, the winner will get to go to Mudslpash Mountain “the muddiest place on earth!” And with a prize like that, Scribbles and Ink decide they must enter the contest. Scribbles draws first (with a pencil). But the dinosaur doesn’t look quite right. Then Ink draws. But Ink draws an egg (that has a dinosaur inside it). Of course it hatches and thinks that Scribbles and Ink are the “Mommy” (until it sees Scribble’s dinosaur drawing). Knowing that they won’t win the contest with the dinosaurs that they drew, both Scribbles and Ink decide to do something for their friend. Ink draws an award for Scribbles. And Scribbles draws some buckets (that happen to have mud in them) so they can have their very own mud party.
This is a humorous story. I like how the friendship between the two animals is so complimentary. I also enjoy the fact that there is so many references to art in here. Kids might not notice the fact that the names “Scribbles and Ink” complement how these characters are drawn. But they won’t be confused as to which character draws what (Scribbles has a blue pencil and Ink has a red paint on a paint brush). And the fact that things come to life from imagination and a little bit of drawing will entice young readers. This is the type of book to give to readers who have read every single Elephant and Piggy book and are looking for something new. Hopefully Mr. Long will bring about other fun Scribbles and Ink books....more
Buzz and Fly Guy are playing one night. They are walking around acting like Frankenstein monsters. Buzz draws a picture of him as Frankenstein and FlyBuzz and Fly Guy are playing one night. They are walking around acting like Frankenstein monsters. Buzz draws a picture of him as Frankenstein and Fly Guy as a bat friend. Then Buzz goes to bed. But he is woken up by Fly Guy making a Frankenfly monster. The monster goes after Buzz, but Fly Guy turns off the power just in time. Then Buzz falls out of bed and finds out that it is just a dream. Instead Fly Guy was really drawing a picture for Buzz of the two of them being monsters.
My nephew especially loves the Fly Guy books. And I think he was even more pleased than I was that this Frankenfly book came out just before Halloween. Once again the chapters are short. The text is large with a good amount of white space surrounding it. Basically, this is another good easy reader for kids who love Fly Guy. Which is great, seeing how my next Reading Adventures program is going to be all about Fly Guy....more
Once again Annie and Simon have a few stories to share. In the first Annie decides to draw pictures of the “living things” that they see while at a laOnce again Annie and Simon have a few stories to share. In the first Annie decides to draw pictures of the “living things” that they see while at a lake. Of course Annie needs a bit of help with her drawings and Simon who “know[s] everything” is there to help. And speaking of help, Annie is more than willing to “help” when Simon has a sneeze, because of course that means that Simon is sick and needs to read an “appendix story” to feel better. Being the king big brother that he is, Simon lets Annie boss him around (all in the name of making him feel better) and ends up reading the story to Annie. Then there is the story of the dog Hazel and how Annie (probably) wouldn’t trade her for a cat. Or the story about Annie gathering some horse chestnuts and not wanting to share them with the squirrels.
So, basically this is yet another fun edition of happy brother/sister stories with Annie and Simon. I like how patient Simon is with Annie. He knows just how to guide her enthusiasm and creativity. And she knows just how to show how much she cares and respects her big brother. Since there are four good stories (or chapters) this is a good book for kids who have learned how to read and are ready for some more complex stories with longer and trickier sentences than a basic easy reader. Seriously, this book is a great addition to the easy reader genre. And the grownups listening to kiddos read will enjoy the stories so much they just might ask to have the kiddo read it to them again....more
Boris wants a lizard…but not just any lizard, he wants to get a Komodo dragon. Even though it is a bit deadly, he thinks it will be the perfect pet. SBoris wants a lizard…but not just any lizard, he wants to get a Komodo dragon. Even though it is a bit deadly, he thinks it will be the perfect pet. So in a series of chapters we learn more about Boris, about the Komodo dragon he wants, and how he tells his school class that they can come and visit his new pet (before he even gets the pet of course). And then we learn what he does about it when he doesn’t in fact get the dangerous pet to show off.
I like Boris. A lot. I haven’t read all of his adventures (from the book jacket I can see that there are at least three other Boris books just waiting for me to read them). But I know that he is great. In fact, I like him just as much as Henry and Mudge or Poppleton or some of those other great early reader chapter books. I think that I need to get loads more Boris books for my library, just so I can recommend him to everyone I talk to who wants a good easy reader book. I like the fact that Boris thinks the way he does (I totally laughed out loud when I saw how he “convinced” everyone he had a Komodo dragon even though he didn’t). He just seems like the type of kid (or a pig-like animal) that kids everywhere should be reading about. At least, all the kids that I recommend early readers to at my library will start to hear about him from here on out. :) ...more
Ok, this one is better than the other Pete the Cat easy readers. But it is still not as wonderful as the picture books. At least there is hope that thOk, this one is better than the other Pete the Cat easy readers. But it is still not as wonderful as the picture books. At least there is hope that they won't always be somewhat horrid...but I do wish that the things I loved about the picture books were still in the easy readers. Musical refrains anyone? ...more
Seriously. I miss the singing Pete the Cat from the picture books. These early readers are probably just fine for kids who love Pete...but I don't knoSeriously. I miss the singing Pete the Cat from the picture books. These early readers are probably just fine for kids who love Pete...but I don't know that I would recommend them due to the fact that they aren't the Pete the Cat that I fell in love with. Where is my singing rhyme that repeats itself? Where is the comical ending? Where is the Pete the Cat that I can tell in my library story times?!?! *sigh* I miss the Pete from the collaboration of James Dean AND Eric Litwin! (And my coworker seconds my comments.)...more
Ha! How fun. I don't think I have enjoyed a rhyming easy reader like this since Dr. Seuss. Now I need to read it with one of my kiddos so I can see whHa! How fun. I don't think I have enjoyed a rhyming easy reader like this since Dr. Seuss. Now I need to read it with one of my kiddos so I can see what they think!...more