Friday, January 30, 2015

Funny Early Chapter Book

Early chapter books are hard to write.  While the nature of the limited word choices and lower word count will simplify the story, there is simple done well and well, simply stupid.  That is why all of us in the library/blogging world get so excited when an early chapter book is as clever as the one I am profiling today!

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Title:Dory Fantasmagory

Author:Abby Hanlon

Target:Grade 1-3

Series:This is the first book in a planned series

What this book is about:  
Dory is the little sister who desperately wants her big brother and sister to play with her.  She snorts milk, pretends to be a dog and fishes thing out of the toilet, all in the desperate attempt to get her siblings to include her.  They, however, complain when Dory breaths on them.  In a attempt to get her out of their hair, they make up an evil baby stealing robber, Mrs. Gobble Gracker, who will come and get Dory if she is not careful.  Of course Dory’s  fabulous pretend world starts to include the nefarious Mrs. Gobble Gracker.  But when Dory’s sister’s doll goes missing, Dory must cross over the line and come back to reality where family tops her pretend world any day.

Why I love this book: 
I love this book because Dory acts like a real kid and not a kid devised for a story.  Her unrelenting attempts to get her brother and sister to engage with her feel absolutely real.  In fact you will probably feel like you are looking into a mirror!  Of course it is a lot funnier when it happens in someone else's family and the laughs are plentiful in this story.

For anyone worried about the baby stealing Mrs. Gobble Gracker, fear not.  She is just as preposterous as all the other make believe characters Dory envisions and she will not induce any real fear in your kids.   Of course Dory’s fairy godmother Mr. Nuggy in a dress is a little scary …. but it also will have your kids laughing with glee.

Who this book is for: 
Great for kids who are reading early chapter books.  Pictures are on almost every page.  If you have a child who is just starting early chapter books it would make a fun read together or read aloud.  You will probably enjoy the story as much as your child.

Final thoughts:
I’m still kinda happy I was an only child. 

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Dory Fantasmagory  A portion of each purchase will go back to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

1 comment:

  1. You are so right about writing books with rudimentary vocabulary. I've been looking for early readers for struggling 6th graders and loved Viorst's Lulu books, but the grade level was 5.8 or so, which is very high!