Tuesday, April 30, 2019

EARLY READERS: Click, Clack, Peep!/Bunny will not Smile!


ABOUT THE BOOK

New York Times bestselling duo Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin’s beloved story about a noisy duckling is now available as a Level 2 Ready-to-Read!

There’s more trouble on the farm, but Duck has nothing to do with it, for once. This time the trouble is a four-ounce puff of fluff who just won’t go to sleep, and whose play-with-me “peeps” are keeping the whole barnyard awake with him.

Peep!
Peep!
Peep!

How do you get a baby duck to hit the hay? Poor Farmer Brown will find out—and Duck might just find himself in trouble after all…


REVIEW

Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin have a magical partnership when it comes to the Farmer Brown/Click, Clack books.  The books are light and fun to read with lots of humor.  The illustrations are just as appealing as the rhythmic text.  The content of this book was originally published as a picture book in 2015.  But it works just as well as an early reader in terms of content.  Of course for reading aloud with a group the picture book would be the better choice.  But for a young reader developing their reading skills the smaller illustrations and larger text work well.  The story is just as funny in this version as it was in the original.  A young duckling hatches and won't stop peeping, driving all the other animals from the barn.  Duck takes charge after putting headphones over Farmer Brown's ears.  But as with many things that Duck undertakes, there's an unfortunate aftereffect.   


ABOUT THE BOOK

From the endless imagination of Jason Tharp comes a brand-new, interactive Level 1 Ready-to-Read that’s perfect for fans of Mo Willems, Jim Benton, and David Milgrim and for beginning readers who like to giggle!

A bear named Big has a problem. His friend Bunny will not smile, no matter what Big tries…so Big needs your help! With appealing comic-inspired speech bubbles and interactive storytelling that prompts kids to do everything from turning the page, to leaning in so Big can whisper an idea, to making their silliest silly face, beginning readers will giggle their way through this Level 1 Ready-to-Read.


REVIEW

This silly book revolves around a bear named Big who wants the reader/listener to help him get Bunny to smile.  It's an interactive book where the reader/listener is encouraged to respond to the characters in the book.  After reading this with several kindergarten classes and seeing their response, I can safely say that the book generally works well.  Not all children chose to respond to the book but most of them did.  And it is rather silly with plenty of places for young readers/listeners to repeat what is being said or done or to respond.  A fun book for young children who enjoy interacting with the stories they read/hear.

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