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Scholastic/Orchard isbn 978-0-545-05748-6 $6.99 (3) Announcing that he's "not a dog" (despite all appearances to the contrary) but instead is "a great hunter," spaniel Max proceeds to gather everyday items found in the yard in order to piece together a dinosaur skeleton. Children dressed as Halloween monsters of all shapes and sizes participate in a trick-or-treat parade: "Monsters go from door to door. / The street's a giant candy store!" The bouncy rhymes, featuring kid-pleasing monster noises, encourage participation. Gerald is spouting "achoos" all over the place. Since Piggie is near, Gerald diagnoses his problem as a swine allergy, and, with remorse, removes himself from his friend.
The HORN BOOK GUIDE July–December 2009 EASY READERS • 53 EASY READERS L Becker, Bonny Birthday for Bear 56 pp. Candlewick isbn 978-0-7636-3746-0 $15.99 pe isbn 978-0-7636-4579-3 $5.99 Adler, David A. Young Cam Jansen and the 100th (2) Illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton. Though Bear Day of School Mystery insists it’s not his birthday, Mouse has an invitation that 32 pp. Viking isbn 978-0-670-06172-3 $13.99 says differently. The witty back-and-forth between the spar- (3) Illustrated by Susanna Natti. Viking Easy-to-Read ring partners from the picture book A Visitor for Bear is simi- series. Cam’s class celebrates the hundredth day of school lar here, but the easy reader format is an even better choice with a “Letter P Party.” All their snacks fit the theme: pop- for a fifty-six-page illustrated story. Denton’s friendly ink corn, pretzels, pineapple juice. When the pièce de résis- and watercolor pictures effectively convey tone and emo- tance—pizza!—goes missing, Cam puts her detective skills tion. Review 9/09. kf to good use. Plenty of humor and lots of cheerful spot- and half-page illustrations round out the easy-to-read (and not Berenstain, Jan, and Mike Berenstain Berenstain too difficult to solve) mystery. tda Bears’ Class Trip 32 pp. HarperCollins isbn 978-0-06-168973-4 $16.99 Arnold, Tedd I Spy Fly Guy! pe isbn 978-0-06-057416-1 $3.99 32 pp. Scholastic/Cartwheel isbn 978-0-545-11028-0 $5.99 (5) I Can Read Book series. Mama and Papa Bear act as (3) While Buzz and his beloved pet insect are playing hide- chaperones for Brother Bear’s class trip to a honey farm and-seek, a garbage collector makes off with Fly Guy, pre- (Sister Bear gets to go too). While teacher Bob vaguely cipitating a search at the town dump. The series’ latest little instructs the kids about honey production, Papa Bear inex- story is so fleet and suspenseful, fans may not even notice plicably frees the bees, then sticks his tongue in the honey how simple the new-reader-friendly sentences are. Cartoony vat. Readers may glean some information or humor from illustrations star humans and flies, all with bulbous bug the story but more likely will be bored. erg eyes. nb Birthday for Bear. Illustration © 2009 by Kady MacDonald Denton. Review on page 53. 54 • EASY READERS July–December 2009 The HORN BOOK GUIDE Caple, Kathy Termite Tales Hapka, Catherine Pony Scouts: Really Riding! 40 pp. Candlewick isbn 978-0-7636-3896-2 $14.99 32 pp. HarperCollins isbn 978-0-06-125536-6 $16.99 pe isbn 978-0-7636-3901-3 $5.99 (4) Illustrated by Anne Kennedy. I Can Read Book series. (3) Brand New Readers series. Following short introduc- Jill, who lives on a pony farm, is excited to teach her friends tions (to be read by adults), these four brief stories describe about riding. After a busy day, the girls can’t sleep. They the adventures of industrious and creative Termite. As with sneak out to the barn—and are surprised by a new arrival. the other books in the series, the simple, uncluttered illus- The fact that Jill’s mom doesn’t know her pony is pregnant trations help support the amusing, easy-to-r
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