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Early Reader Chapter Books #BookReviews

I have enjoy reading with and to my grandson. Now that he is able to read some things on his own, early chapter books give us the opportunity to read together, taking turns, even though he prefers me to read to him. These three books are all part of the Epic Originals published by Andrew McMeel Publishing. All were provided through Netgalley at my request. The ratings and opinions shared are mine and my grandchildren’s. Continue reading “Early Reader Chapter Books #BookReviews”

Children’s Books: Early Chapter Books

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:  Continue reading “Children’s Books: Early Chapter Books”

Children’s Early Chapter Books: Mini-Reviews

This group of books were not shared with my grandchildren. I read them with an eye as to whether I would use them or want them in my classroom. I liked them all to varying degrees and would happily have purchased a copy for my classroom library. All were provided to me through Netgalley. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

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Helping Mayor Patty (Katie Woo’s Neighborhood) by Fran Manushkin, Laura Zarrin (Illustrations)

Published August 1st 2019 by Picture Window Books

4 Stars: Continue reading “Children’s Early Chapter Books: Mini-Reviews”

Anne’s Kindred Spirits (Anne Chapter Book #2) by Kallie George, Abigail Halpin (Illustrations)

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Published May 7th 2019 by Tundra Books

4 Stars: Continue reading “Anne’s Kindred Spirits (Anne Chapter Book #2) by Kallie George, Abigail Halpin (Illustrations)”

Mini Reviews: Children’s Early Chapter Books

So maybe some of these reviews are not so mini, but I really liked these books. They all have something to do with animal rescue, saving pets, training pets etc. One is not a chapter book, but it fit the theme so well that I included it with this group. As a retired teacher and teacher librarian, I liked all the books in this group and would have purchased them for my school library. I received a copy of each of these books from the publisher upon request. The ratings, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

ASPCA Kids Pet Rescue Club Collection by Catherine Hapka

ASPCA Kids Pet Rescue Club Collection: Best of Dogs and Cats by Catherine Hapka, Dana Regan and Steven James  (Illustrations)

Published September 4th 2018 by SFI Readerlink Dist

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Anne Arrives: Inspired by Anne of Green Gables by Kallie George, Abigail Halpin (Illustrator)

Anne Arrives: Inspired by Anne of Green Gables5 Stars

Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Tundra Books

This is the first book in an early reader series about Anne of Green Gables. This short chapter book covers the first chapter of the novel. I wish this series had been around when I tried to read Anne to my young daughter. It is very true to the original story. The illustrations are wonderful and appear vintage so as not to take away from the time of the story. They do a wonderful job of depicting the storyline. This would make a beautiful story for a parent and child to read together while introducing them to the world of Anne with an “e”. Even with this shorter version, the personalities of Anne, Marilla and Matthew shine through. This is a great book to introduce young children to a classic piece of literature. The publisher, Penguin Random House Canada – Tundra Books, provided me with a copy of this book to read. The opinions stated are my own.

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The Princess and the Absolutely Not a Princess (Miranda and Maude #1) by Emma Wunsch

The Princess and the Absolutely Not a Princess (Miranda and Maude #1)3 Stars

Expected publication: August 7th 2018 by Amulet Books

This is an early chapter book probably for girls about friendship. Miranda is a princess and Maude is about as far from a princess as you could get. At first they don’t like each other at all, of course they make no attempt to get to know each other either. When Miranda invites everyone from her class except Maud to her birthday party, Maud is hurt and upset. She convinces everyone in the class to boycott the party. When Maud puts herself in Miranda’s shoes, things finally turn around for the girls. The story progresses well with some humorous twists and turns to show how they do become friends. Maud and Miranda each have a distinctive personality with certain traits that make them often infuriating, especially to each other. Miranda is the snooty, snobbish, scared, introverted princess. Maude is the impulsive, in your face, extroverted social justice activist. You would never think that they would become friends. When they get to know one another, they finally realize that even though they are very different, they have a lot in common. A great lesson in friendship. There are some things that bothered me about this story though. The initial way the girls treated one another was rather mean and not something I would want to promote in children. In fact everyone in the class treated them both badly. I also didn’t like that Miranda was not encouraged to speak up or tell her parents how she was feeling. The birthday party they planned was also very extravagant and when nobody showed up, it just was forgotten. For someone writing about a child who wants to be a social justice advocate, this seems counter productive. Maybe as an adult I am seeing more than a child would. This would be a good story for primary or early junior readers, specifically if they are having a difficult time making friends, or if someone new is coming into their class. The publisher, Amulet books, provided me with a copy of this book to read. The opinions stated are my own.

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Clara Humble and the Kitten Caboodle by Anna Humphrey, Lisa Cinar (Illustrations)

Clara Humble and the Kitten Caboodle4.5 Stars

Expected publication: September 14th 2018 by Owlkids

Clara Humble is back with her best friend Bradley, or is he? It is the summer between 4th and 5th grade and Bradley has just turned 10. Clara and Bradley can finally go to the park or the store by themselves. When they sneak into the abandoned old churchyard instead, they make a discovery, a cat. The next day, it is cats, as the mother has had six kittens. Dealing with trying to save the cat and her kittens, worrying about whether or not Bradley is her BFF anymore and trying to keep everything a secret from her parents is a juggling act.

Clara and Bradley are dealing with a lot in this book. They are not interested in the same things, so they meet new people. Bradley has a new friend that shares his treasure hunting interests, so Clara takes up with Shane, her neighbour that she always thought was a bully before. Lots of issues to discuss such as friendships, being honest with your parents, asking for help when needed, feral cats, adoption vs buying a pet from a breeder, spaying and neutering etc. Once again the illustrations included are from Clara’s perspective using her @Cat creation. They are fun and add to the story. As the description states, this is an updated Ramona Quimby type character, that junior level readers will enjoy. I recommend this one to home, classroom, school and public libraries. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book to read. The opinions stated are my own.

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How to Track a Pterodactyl by Will Dare

How to Track a Pterodactyl5 Stars

Expected publication: September 4th 2018 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

I really enjoy this series of children’s books. The stories take place in a wild west setting, but with dinosaurs. Who wouldn’t enjoy that. This is the 5th book in the series.

Trihorn Settlement is having a fair when the pterodactyls attack. When they fly off with Josh’s hero, Terrodactyl Bill (T-Bill) he and his friends set off to save him. Can they make it up the mountain? Will T-Bill be okay? Will they get attacked again? Read to find the answers to these questions and more.

This is a great book for anyone who loves dinosaurs. It is an early chapter book that late primary, early junior students would be able to read with help or independently. The illustrations are wonderful and add to the story. A great addition to school, classroom and family libraries. Definitely a winner with dinosaur lovers. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

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