Monday, September 28, 2015

Early Chapter Books Rock

I am so excited to have been selected as a second round judge for The Cybils this year in the Early Chapter Book/Easy Reader category.  For those unfamiliar with the awards, they recognize children's and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal.

Anyone who reads my blog knows that I am committed to getting great books in the hands of kids, and early readers are such a pivotal time in a child's reading life.  Great books can spark a love of reading that children will carry with them throughout a lifetime.  Recognizing the authors who have provided compelling books for this audience is such a delight and I love seeing the renewed energy and creativity in this category over the last several years.

In honor of this I am devoting this week to Early Chapter Book/Easy Reader reviews.  Please note that these reviews are solely my opinion of the books and do not represent the views of the The Cybils committees in any way.  

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Title: Dory and the Real True Friend

Author: Abby Hanlon

Target: Grade 1-3

Series: Yes.  First book is Dory Fantasmagory

What this book is about: 
In this second installment to the series, we find Dory ready to go back to school.  Dory is a widely funny girl who has a cast of unusual imaginary friends and a keen sense of the absurd.  Of course to her this is utterly rational.  This year she wants to find a real and true friend that people can actually see.  When she spies the lovely Rosabelle at school, she would do just about anything to befriend her, even trying to be someone she is not.  However, when she lets her imaginary colors fly, well it turns out she and Rosabelle have more in common than they ever could have imagined!

Why I love this book: 
Dory is just too funny.  Her drama, her angst, and her imagination all lend themselves to such clever silliness I couldn't help but giggle through this story.  I kept wondering what Dory would think to do next and I was never disappointed.  

The illustrations which are on almost every page help bring the story to life.  They are quite descriptive in capturing all the drama that unfolds!

Who this book is for: 
Great for early chapter book readers who are just venturing out of early readers.  Small pages, large text and lots of pictures on almost every page, make this a manageable story.  The humor will keep them reading!  Fans of Junie B. Jones will enjoy these books.

Final thoughts: 
Every time I read these books I am delighted by the level of intelligent, yet age appropriate humor that is included.  Funny done well is often the hardest to come by!

To purchase this book:
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