Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Funny Early Chapter Book

I love to find great early reader chapter books.  Kids are getting excited about their new skill and when they can practice on stories that entertain and delight, it just leaves them with a wonderful impression about books.  That always puts a smile on my face.

The book I am profiling today is both fun and funny.  As a graphic novel, it doesn't intimidate new readers because they aren't overwhelmed by text and they have illustrations to help them decipher more difficult words.  Oh, I wish they were all this good.

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Title: Haggis and Tank Unleashed: All Paws on Deck

Author: Jessica Young

Target: Grade 1-4

Series: Yes

What this book is about: 
In this graphic novel, the inventive dog Tank gets a very bored dog Haggis to embark on an imaginative pirate adventure across the high seas.  They get seasick, look for buried treasure and even encounter a sea serpent before they are returned home to their full bowls of dog food!

Why I love this book:
  • The author uses plenty of homonyms like “sale” and “sail” or “aye”, “I” and “eye” in amusing ways to keep kids thoroughly entertained and laughing.  Some of the passages read like the old Abbot and Costello bit “Who’s on First”.  
  • The graphics are delightful.  Full color panels and with plenty of action make the pages very inviting.  However, the illustrator is from one of my favorite graphic novel series Bird and Squirrel, so I am not surprised.
  • With humor, word play and fun characters this book is delightful and engaging for early chapter book readers.  Parents won’t even mind joining in.

Who this book is for: 
Great for kids who are ready for chapter books.  The plentiful illustrations and text bubbles make challenging vocabulary more accessible.

Final thoughts: 
Love this new series!

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

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