Thursday, August 28, 2014

EARLY READER SERIES: Boris by Andrew Joyner

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ABOUT THE BOOKS

BORIS ON THE MOVE

Meet Boris! He lives with his mom and dad in Hogg Bay. Their home is a van that once traveled all over the world. Then one morning, Boris feels a jolt. Could it be? Is the van really moving? Is Boris on an adventure at last?

But when Boris ends up on a trip to a wildlife refuge instead of the jungle safari he'd imagined, he ends up having an adventure he'll never forget. Because for this little warthog, life never quite turns out as he plans.

BORIS GETS A LIZARD

Boris loves pets! And he already has lots of them. All he's missing is his favorite animal, a Komodo dragon--the biggest lizard in the world!

When Boris brags to the kids in his class that he's getting one, everyone wants to see it. Boris needs to come up with a plan...fast. Luckily, he's got his friends by his side and a lizard up his sleeve!


BORIS FOR THE WIN

GO, BORIS!

It's Sports Day and Boris is ready to run like he's never run before. He wants to beat Eddie, who always wins everything. All Frederick wants is not to come last—again. Who will make it across the finish line first? Ready, set . . .

BORIS SEES THE LIGHT

Boris is having a sleepover.

He's camping in the backyard with Frederick and Alice. They are not one bit scared of the dark. No way . . . But what is that strange light moving around outside the tent?

REVIEW

This is part of a new program by Scholastic called Branches.  These books are for early readers but they look and feel like chapter books.  So while there are only a few sentences per double page spread, they feel like a longer read.  The stories are cute and fun and the fully colored illustrations are great.  The challenges that Boris faces are all ones that children can relate to, things such as competition, friendship, fears, and dreams.

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