Tuesday, November 17, 2009

New Intermediate Series for Boys

Look Out, Jeremy Bean!
by Alice Schertle
ill. by David Slonim
58 pages
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 2009

Three short little stories about young Jeremy Bean. The first one tells us what he decides to bring for his show-and-tell collection. In the second story Jeremy overhears his mother talking about the dust bunnies under the bed. Jeremy thinks she is talking about a real bunny and does everything he can think of to catch one for his pet. Finally, in the third story, learn what happens when Jeremy forgets to wear green to school on St. Patrick's Day. Cute illustrations and very brief chapters make this a great realistic fiction read for beginning chapter book readers.

Captain Cal and the Giant Straw
by Jan Dallimore
ill. by Richard Morden
47 pages
Minneapolis, Minn. : Picture Window Books, 2010

Captain Cal, Copilot Ebby, and Chief Navigator Dan take off in their trusty spaceship, the Silver Pig. Their mission is to find and destroy the evil Bloggs before they get to Earth.  This story shows great use of a child's imagination. The weapons and space gear are made out of toilet paper tubes and other household junk. This series will be a fun read for those just entering the chapter book phase. Lots of black and white illustrations accompany the text so kids won't feel overwhelmed with reading.

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