Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Sadie and Ratz for Early Reader Tuesday

Well as you now know (presuming you read my blog yesterday which of course you did ... didn't you?  You didn't ... well scroll down now and get reading!) Tuesday is devoted to early reader/early chapter books.  These books are so important as your kids hone their skills and continue to develop their love of books.  My selection for today is one you probably haven't heard of, but my daughter sat down with it and didn't get up until the story was finished.  It was also the Cybils winner from last year ... so you know it must be good.

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Title:       Sadie and Ratz

Author:   Sonya Hartnett

Target:    Kindergarten - Grade 2

Series:     No

What this book is about:
Sadie and Ratz are our main character Hannah’s hands.  Got that?  But while they are attached to her, they seem to have a life of their own.  Often times they enjoy retaliating against her little brother.  But when her little brother wises up and realizes that Sadie and Ratz can be the scapegoats for his bad deeds, Hannah is in a dilemma.  Her hands have a reputation of getting into trouble, so can she change their ways so they don’t get blamed for everything?

Why I love this book:
This book can be construed as a little dark.  The black and white illustrations, which are done in a shaded and frantic style, reinforce this feeling.  But in the end, the story rings true for kids.  Children do retaliate against their siblings, they do get in trouble when it isn’t their fault and they do make bad choices on occasion.  This book reflects how children really act, and kids respond to that in the story.  

I had my daughter read the book and she loved it.  

Who this book is for:
Great for early readers.   Illustrations are on almost every page and the type is not overwhelming. 

Final thoughts:
Funny twist at the end that will have kids laughing and parents groaning.

To Purchase this Book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Sadie and Ratz  A portion of each purchase goes to support this blog at no cost to you.

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