Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A Can't Miss Early Chapter Book

Well, this week I am back with some books that didn't win the Cybils (Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards) for early chapter books, but I think they are winners for kids none the less.  As I have said before, we had such a wealth of riches with the finalists at the Cybils this year that any one of the books could have won.  So I have to share some of my favorites with you.

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Title:       Dragonbreath: The Case of the Toxic Mutants

Author:   Ursula Vernon

Target:    Grades 2 -5

Series:     Yes

What this book is about: 
In this ninth tale of Danny and Wendell, Danny is sent to pacify his irate grandfather at the retirement community.  It turns out his dentures are missing, and he is sure that Ms. Flicktongue, the large lizard next door is the one who swiped them.  Well, as fate would have it, her dentures are missing too, along with a stone goose she likes to dress up for the holidays.  Perhaps there is more to this mystery than meets the eye?

Why I love this story: 
This book is what I will refer to as an illustrated novel.  Pictures are on every page and the story occasionally reverts to a graphic novel format.  All that really means is that kids who like a diary format or are intimidated by more dense text will happily warm to this type of book.

And then there is the story.  While my description depicts old reptiles and false teeth, which may not sound like a winning combination for a third grader it is sooooo good.  I can’t believe that after nine books, Ursula Vernon is still as sharp and funny a storyteller as she was with book number one.  In fact, I think as she refines her characters, her books actually get better.  

Who this book is for: 
As mentioned above, reluctant readers and graphic novel readers will like the format.  I wouldn’t go as low as second grade unless your child is a proficient reader because there is still a fair amount of text.

Final thoughts: 
Since this series has been around a while, I think the excitement for it may have dimmed.  However, Ursula is still on her game and these books are great can’t put down reads for kids.

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Dragonbreath #9: The Case of the Toxic Mutants  A portion of each purchase will go back to this blog at no cost to you.

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