Thursday, May 2, 2019

NEW EARLY CHAPTER BOOK SERIES: Unicorn and Yeti #1: Sparkly New Friends/Hello Hedgehog! Do You Like My Bike?


ABOUT THE BOOK

This series is part of Scholastic's early reader line, Acorn, aimed at children who are learning to read. With easy-to-read text, a short-story format, plenty of humor, and full-color artwork on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and fluency. Acorn books plant a love of reading and help readers grow!

Unicorn has a horn and can do magic.
Yeti is big and furry and cannot do magic.

Yeti likes snowball fights.
Unicorn does not like snowball fights.

But Unicorn and Yeti both love sparkly things, magic rainbows, and -- most of all -- being best friends! These laugh-out-loud stories with full-color artwork and easy-to-read text throughout are perfect for new readers!


REVIEW

Unicorns are really popular these days which caught my attention when I first heard about this book.  So I was eager to read it when it came out.  And I found it delightful.  Not only are the illustrations really appealing with their bright, colorful, expressive nature, but the text, mostly dialogue, is a winner as well.  The title is really appropriate in its reference to sparkly things as Yeti and Unicorn argue over sparkly snow when they meet.  Unicorn finds the snow sparkly and Yeti does not.  After gently arguing for a few pages, Unicorn offers to show Yeti what she means and gives Yeti a ride into the sky.  This creates a funny picture of the large Yeti on the small unicorn's back.   The second story revolves around Yeti's desire to be as fancy as his friend who has a horn and sparkles.   After Unicorn uses her magic to try a variety of different ways of making Yeti fancy, they finally come to a compromise that works for them both.  And the last story has Yeti introducing Unicorn to the joys of snowball fights.  Unicorn struggles to figure it out at first, until she finds a way to do it that works for her.  The themes of friendship, compromise, and trying new things shine through but not in a didactic way.  A delightful beginning to what is sure to be a well loved series. 


ABOUT THE BOOK
 

This series is part of Scholastic's early reader line, Acorn, aimed at children who are learning to read. With easy-to-read text, a short-story format, plenty of humor, and full-color artwork on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and fluency. Acorn books plant a love of reading and help readers grow!

Hedgehog loves his new bike. His best friend Harry says he likes it, too. But when Hedgehog asks Harry to go bike riding with him, Harry says he does not want to go. Does Harry not like his friend's new bike? Or could this all have something to do with training wheels? These reassuring, laugh-out-loud stories with full-color artwork and easy-to-read text throughout are perfect for new readers!


REVIEW

The first story in this book made me laugh out loud.  It's so typical of human behavior.  In the first story, Hedgehog is so excited to ride his new bike, but he can't find his bike helmet.  He searches throughout the house including the freezer and the flower pot.  But not until he looks out the window does he remember what he did with it.  (It's so typically human to put something somewhere specifically so you remember where it is, only to forget it's location anyway.)  The second story has Hedgehog introducing his bike to his guinea pig friend, Harry.  But Harry is really reluctant to ride the bike when Hedgehog offers him a try.  Luckily, Hedgehog is a great friend and reacts perfectly when he discovers why.  And the third story has Harry and Hedgehog sharing a bike ride together to Hedgehog's house to have some snacks (Harry is especially interested in snacks).  A delightful book any way you look at it.  The illustrations are bright and appealing, the characters are fun, and the stories are easy for both children and adults to relate to.  A great new series for early readers.  

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