I liked this book because it has a mystery for Milo and Jazz to solve right at the beginning. And it is kind of creepy what they find but it turns humorous in short order. All the characters are just like what you might find in a small town. The children have to work with the clues and use real detective skills to solve the case. There are also fun short puzzles for budding detectives in the back of the book. At just over a hundred pages with illustrations sprinkled throughout the story, this is a perfect third to fourth grade chapter book.
Have you ever wondered what animal is award-winning author Eric Carle’s favorite? You might guess caterpillars, crickets, or spiders since he has created picture books featuring these bugs – but no, Carle’s favorite animal is the cat. In the new book, What’s Your Favorite Animal?, fourteen contemporary children’s book artists discuss various animals and why they are special. Author/illustrator Mo Willems has the most humorous entry. His favorite animal is actually drawn unseen in a snake’s belly (his selected animal was eaten!) For those kids who get a kick out of funny illustrations, and who enjoy any of the featured artists, this a fantastic book to check out.
Superworm is a friend to everyone in the forest. He plays with the bugs and rescues small forest creatures in their time of need. Cheers of “Hip, hip, hooray for Superworm” can be heard throughout the forest. Unfortunately news of Superworm’s remarkable deeds reaches the evil Wizard Lizard who demands that his servant crow, kidnap Superworm. Once Superworm is captured, the wizard casts an evil spell and demands that Superworm bring him treasure. If Superworm doesn’t comply with Lizard’s wishes, Lizard will feed him to crow! Oh no, can Superworm’s small friends overcome Wizard Lizard’s evil spell? Can they rescue Superworm? The catchy cadence of this rhyming story make it an excellent read aloud and the colorful illustrations with have children asking for Superworm again and again.
Jay and Ray are identical twins who have always done everything together. On the first day of sixth grade at a new school, Jay goes to school and Ray stays home sick. When Jay is sitting in homeroom, he waits for the teacher to call Ray’s name, but she never does. That’s when Jay realizes his brother’s information never made it to the new school. Jay thinks about telling his teachers, but decides it would be more fun to not have a twin for awhile. Jay can just be himself…not be confused for his brother. So Jay and Ray take turns going to school, until one day when the school nurse begins to think something is suspicious. Find out what happens to Jay and Ray in this funny book.