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The Birthday Castle

(Fort Builders Inc. #1)

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4.24  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  16 reviews
A group of friends use teamwork, creativity, and construction know-how to start their own fort building company in the first story in a new, fun-to-read Aladdin QUIX chapter book series that’s perfect for emerging readers!

Caleb could really use a bit more spending money—he needs to buy the next book in his favorite series so he can see what happens! But what can he do to r
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Paperback, 96 pages
Published May 19th 2020 by Aladdin (first published 2020)
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Adrienne Carrick
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Teamwork, creativity, and a pink castle - what’s not to love?
Sara Magnafichi
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: earlyreader
Thank you to the author, Dee Romito, for providing an advanced copy of this story to #collabookation. Publish date May 2020. This is a great early reader with themes of friendship, STEM, creativity, and young entrepreneurship. Caleb and Jax are excited to start their new business building forts for others. What they don't realize is that they need to design plan for their forts prior to building them so they know what materials they need, the cost, and can get approval from their customers prior ...more
Pam
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well done beginning chapter book. The text is easy to follow and the story is relatable.
The team of four friends starts a business building cardboard forts. Their first one is almost a disaster as they learn about business and working together. As they move through the process, they add people to their team until the four learn how to design and build what the client wants.
The pink birthday castle is everything their customer wants and their business is launched.
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amanda
Oct 05, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Steph
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One hundred percent adorable. Totally accessible for second and third graders, with a storyline that focuses on teamwork, perseverance, keeping promises, contributing ones strengths, thinking outside the box, and working towards an end goal. I LOVE this book!

Can’t help but also adore that the reason the main character even wants to earn money is to be able to buy himself a new book.
Becky
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: easy-chapter
A nice transitional chapter book with problem solving and STEAM creativity - but not too educational to ruin the fun.
Snail
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I actually got kind of into this story - I can't believe how many times these kids rebuilt their fort! ...more
Yvonne O'connor
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great chapter layout and large print to get my five year olds interested in reading it on their own. A nice story about teamwork and persistence.
Bonnie Grover
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: student
I could think of so many ways to use this early chapter book in a primary classroom. I know teachers and students are going to enjoy reading this and perhaps students will build fort or start their own businesses.
Janet
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a fun story! The premise is so fun. I loved building forts as a kid, and I loved watching the Fort building team (Caleb, Jax, Eddie, and Kiara) Come together and discover what it takes to start a business. There is so much possibility for kids to learn from this series, and the idea of a fort building company is brilliant. It’s perfect for emerging readers!
Cassie Reynolds
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you author and publisher for sharing a copy with #Collabookation.

This is such a fun, short read that is perfect for early readers. It has castles, grit, perseverance, and lots of fun. I loved this cute story, and I cannot wait to read part 2 soon!
Ms. Yingling
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Caleb really wants the latest book in a series he loves, but he doesn't have the $10 to pay for it. His mother suggests that he earn the money. He consults his friends Jax and Eddie, and they make a list of skills they have and jobs they can do. They finally decide that they build really good cardboard castles, having recently made one out of a refrigerator box. They set up their business, find some cardboard, and get a client, who wants a pink castle for her birt
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Claudia Recinos
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An engaging and enjoyable book with a great message for early readers. My 8yo liked reading it together and plans to re-read it again on his own.
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Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the messages: if you want something do something about it, resilience, real teamwork (where everyone on the team is necessary), entrepreneurship, kindness. I like that there’s subtle feminism (girls designing and building and it’s totally normal) as opposed to in-your-face feminism (for example, guy says building is not for girls and girl proves him wrong). So many books for this age are about how boring school is, or about obnoxious or bullying characters, etc. So glad to have a feel-go ...more
Sandi Van
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fun chapter book for early readers that would be a wonderful addition to a classroom or family library. Loved the way the characters learn teamwork and problem solving - can't wait for the rest of the series!! ...more
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Dee Romito’s middle grade novels, THE BFF BUCKET LIST, NO PLACE LIKE HOME, BEST. NIGHT. EVER. and POSTCARDS FROM VENICE, are available from Aladdin/Simon & Schuster, along with her debut picture book PIES FROM NOWHERE, from Little Bee Books. Watch for the FORT BUILDERS, INC. early chapter book series coming in 2020!

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