Monday, September 22, 2014

Eliza Boom Is an Explosive Early Chapter Book

Today we get the joy of an early chapter book.  I am always on the hunt for great books to keep kids reading as their skills are developing.  This is a wonderful time to cultivate a love of books.  Suck them in early and you have a reader for life!

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Title:       Eliza Boom:My Explosive Diary

Author:  Emily Gale

Target:   Grade 1-3

Series:    Yes

What this book is about: 
Eliza is an inventor, whose inventions have a history of, how shall I say  … exploding onto the scene.  Of course her father is an inventor who works for spies, so it is a family skill - that Eliza still needs to perfect.  When she accidentally gives the class bully a top secret roll of film, which she thinks is a ribbon, she has to get it back or her father could loose his job.  Leave it to Eliza and her new friend Amy, to keep inventing things to retrieve the ribbon.  Can she improve her inventions in time to keep the film out of enemy hands?

Why I love this book:  
I always like it when girls are portrayed as inventors.  Eliza is full of good ideas that she can’t wait to implement.  Of course, I am also reminded of another great inventor early chapter series, Franny K. Stein, which is so well done.  

I like the friendship that Eliza forges with Amy after the class bully intimidates them.  It shows kids that they are not alone.  Eliza’s voice is fun and energetic and she will appeal to a lot of readers.

Who this book is for:  
Plenty of pictures on each page make this book accessible for newly independent readers.

Final thoughts: 
A nice entrant into the early chapter book genre.  This series originally appeared in England, so it is a lovely import.

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: My Explosive Diary (Eliza Boom)   A portion of each purchase will go to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

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