Thursday, September 10, 2015

Brilliant Early Readers

So the last Elephant and Piggie book by Mo Willems will be published in the summer of next year.  25 books in total and the series will be ending.  However this series is a brilliant entrant into the early reader category.  There has not been so much fun and creativity in this age group since Dr. Seuss!

To fill the void, we have some exciting writers who are penning engaging books for beginning readers.  Greg Pizolli is one to watch, and with a Geisel win under his belt, he has the freedom to try innovative things.  Bob Shea is another up and comer and with his new set of characters, Ballet Cat and Sparkle Pony, we will see if he can keep the humor coming. Ethan Long is a creative guy who is able to turn simple, repetitive words into clever stories. I am feeling quite optimistic!

Of course we can't forget the ladies!  Kate Di Camello and her Bink and Gollie series is brilliant.  I hope this one won't end at three books!  Also Judith Viorst and her Lulu books remain my all time favorites.  Please keep them coming!

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Title: Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret

Author: Bob Shea

Target: Preschool - Grade 1

Series: This is the first book in a planned series

What this book is about: 
Ballet Cat and Sparkle Pony are trying to decide what to play together.  Every time Pony comes up with an idea, Cat finds something wrong with it because she cannot do it while leaping, kicking or spinning.  Turns out that Cat wants to play ballet like she does every day.  The problem is that Pony doesn’t want to play ballet every time, but he is afraid to tell Cat because she might not be his friend anymore.  Luckily there is something that Cat likes more than ballet and thankfully it is Pony!

Why I love this book: 
With colorful illustrations, humor and friendship, this early reader is for every kid who loves Elephant and Piggie and Fly Guy.  These books take early readers and elevate them to something kids actually want to read because of their humor and silliness.  

The story has some humor that will be lost on the youngest readers, but if you are reading it to a preschooler you will enjoy the subtelties, and older readers will pick up on the joke.  

Who this book is for: 
Great for early readers and fans of Elephant and Piggie and Fly Guy.  A lovely new entrant into the category.

Final thoughts: 
I can’t wait for the next book in the series simply because of it’s title.  Who can resist Dance! Dance! Underpants!  I think I am secretly six years old!

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