In this post, I have reviewed several Early Chapter books for children. They range in audience and difficulty. All were provided to me by the publisher at my request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

Trouble with Treasure (Undersea Mystery Club Book 2)

Trouble with Treasure (Undersea Mystery Club #2) by Courtney Carbone, Melanie Demmer (Illustrations)

Published March 17th 2020 by Andrews McMeel Publishing

4 Stars: 

It is Spring Cleaning time in Aquamarina and Violet the mermaid has to get he room cleaned before going out to play. Her best friend, Wally the Narwhal shows up to help. Violet wants to throw out a lot of stuff that she doesn’t think she needs anymore, but her mother asks her to wait and think about it. Violet and Wally head out to play a game of “Tide and Seek.” While playing, they find a sunken treasure chest, but can’t figure out how to open it. Working together with others in Aquamarina, they are finally able to open the chest. This is a short, cute chapter book for beginning readers. The illustrations are cute and will assist a reader using them as clues to the text. They also add to the story. The messages of working together to solve a problem/mystery as well as the value of paying attention to the past are both well done in a subtle way. I recommend this book and series to primary classes, family, school and public libraries. (Late Primary/Early Junior)


Scaredy Monster (Scaredy Monster Book 1) by Meika Hashimoto, Steve Lambe (Illustrations)

Published March 24th 2020 by Andrews McMeel Publishing

5 Stars:

Scaredy Monster is an adorable monster that my granddaughter just loved. In this book, he has three experiences that all children go through: He has a loose tooth, learns to ride a bicycle and attends his first sleepover. During each of the experiences, he wants to go it alone, but ends up needing some help from his mother. Each time he is a bit afraid of something, but he is able to overcome that fear with the help of his supportive mother. While reading this one, we talked about what we could do for help if we were in the same situation, before actually seeing what Scaredy Monster did. My grandson had some great ideas and he realized that it is okay to ask mom and dad to help after you try something yourself. The illustrations in this book were wonderful. They were cute, whimsical and colourful. They were not scary at all, which I liked. The text is relatively easy to read, with my grandson able to help with reading the story after the third time through. This is a great book for early readers to read independently, but also a good read aloud to young children. I recommend this one to schools, families and primary classrooms. (Early Primary)


Jasmine Green Rescues: A Piglet Called TruffleJasmine Green Rescues: A Piglet Called Truffle (The Jasmine Green Series #1) by Helen Peters, Ellie Snowdon (Illustrations)

Published March 17th 2020 by Walker Books US

4 Stars: 

Jasmine Green’s mother is a veterinarian and her father is a farmer, so she is surrounded by animals who at any given time may be ill, in danger, injured, giving birth, or something else. She loves animals and always does her part helping her parents. When she goes with her mother to a pig farm for a call, she checks out the newest litter of pigs. When she spies a small runt, she realized it is in trouble. Searching out the farmer, she points out that the little piglet might not survive, his response is that is the way of nature. Jasmine can not let it die, so she sneaks it away from the farm and into her bedroom determined to save the little piglet that she names Truffle. As Truffle grows and survives, the farmer allows Jasmine to keep him and he becomes part of the family. He learns some tricks and helps Jasmine to rescue some guinea pigs. This is a cute chapter book for older primary readers. It could also be read aloud to younger children. It is a bit longer so would need to be read over a few sittings. A cute story for those who love animals as well as to be read while studying care of animals, animal rescues, veterinarians or farms. (Junior)


Judy Moody and Friends: Prank You Very MuchJudy Moody and Friends: Prank You Very Much by Megan McDonald, Erwin Madrid (Illustrations)

Published March 10th 2020 by Candlewick Press

4 Stars: 

Judy and Stink have a loving and unique sibling relationship. They have a lifelong prank battle going on, always trying to one up the other. When Judy finds Stink working on a Science Fair Project, she comes up with what she thinks if the best prank ever. She wants the title of “Prankenstein”. I love that even when Stink is pranked, he knows it is all in good fun and there are no hard feelings. The book has some cute, colourful illustrations to add to the story. There are some cute play on words and of course, boys will love some of the stinky, smelly parts. This was a fun and easy to read chapter book about Judy Moody and her brother Stink that I would recommend to families, and primary classrooms. It is a fun early chapter book for beginning readers. (Late Primary)


Surprise Under the Stars (Creature Campers Book 2)Surprise Under the Stars (Creature Campers #2) by Joe McGee (Goodreads Author), Bea Tormo (Illustrations)

Published March 10th 2020 by Andrews McMeel Publishing

4 Stars: 

We loved the first book in the Creature Campers series, so I was excited to read this one to my grandson and see what he thought. We enjoyed this story, but not as much as the first one, not exactly sure why though. In this story, the group of friends have to learn how to use a map and a compass to earn a special treat. If they get to the right spot, they will be able to share a special pie. Even though Barnaby, the evil villain who is trying to add the friends to his have to his special collection, interferes, they work together to reach their goal. I liked that Barnaby uses a high powered magnet to disrupt their compass as this would really work, so there is some science thrown in to the story. This was a fun story, and my grandson loved that Barnaby ending up getting trapped by his own scheme and that the friends had to rescue him. He thought it served him right for being a bad guy. The story has a great message with lessons of working together, trust, helping others and giving people second chances. We will continue to read this series. I recommend this book to school libraries, classrooms and families. It is a great early chapter book series. (Late Primary/Early Junior)

More to come in the next few days.