Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Delightful Early Reader

Just in case you thought my book choices might be getting a little too high brow for you, I bring you Twinky the Dinky Dog.

I have committed myself this year to getting more early readers/early chapter books on the blog.  This is pivotal time for kids when they can discover how wonderful books can be, and it can usher in such a positive association with books and reading.  My goal is lifelong readers here.  The benefits are unquestionable.

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Title:       Twinky the Dinky Dog

Author:   Kate Klimo

Target:    Kindergarten - Grade 2

Series:     No

What this book is about: 
Twinky knows he is a big dog inside, but his outside is anything but.  His owner treats him like the dinky dog his stature implies.  She dresses him in silly sweaters, calls him Twinky Poo and carries him like a purse!  The horror!  Twinky escapes to the dog park one day where he is able to nurture his big inner dog with some larger friends.  When his owner is in danger, his big dog training saves the day and no one considers Twinky dinky again.

Why I love this book:  
Too often early readers are too cutesy for me, this one is not.  This book is just so darn adorable and funny that it never entered into the realm of anything but entertaining.  Seeing Twinky subjected to all the ridiculous small dog stereotypes is absolutely giggle inducting and the illustrator Michael Fleming does a wonderful job of capturing Twinky’s personality.

In the interest of full disclosure, I have to admit there is some potty humor in this story.  But I can’t read “wee-wee pad” with a straight face so I dare your kids not to laugh.

Who this book is for:
Wonderful book for kids who are not yet ready for chapter book but are working on reading independently.  With one or two sentences per page this book will not overwhelm early readers who have moved passed one syllable words.

Final thoughts: 
Twinky may be dinky but his story is a large success.

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Twinky the Dinky Dog (Step into Reading)  A portion of each purchase goes back to support this blog at no cost to you.

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