Tuesday, July 18, 2017

WHAT IS CHASING DUCK? by Jan Thomas.  ISBN 978-0-54493907-3  hc. $9.99
THERE'S A PEST IN THE GARDEN! by Jan Thomas. ISBN 978-054494165-6 hc. $9.99
New York:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing, 2017.  48p.  E READER   Gr. K-2

Illustrator, Jan Thomas, has launched a new series of easy readers featuring four friendly farm animals:  Dog, Donkey, Sheep, and Duck.  The four friends join in each other's adventures as they exaggerate the urgency of everyday situations, always supporting each member of their group.  Both of these books have surprise endings.  The vocabulary is simple, but refreshingly grammatical.  The conversation is captured in speech bubbles, paired with bright, expressive illustrations.  These stories remind me of the "Click, Clack, Moo" books by Doreen Cronin mixed in with "Scaredy Squirrel" books by Melanie Watt.  The next two titles, "My Friends Make Me Happy!" and "My Toothbrush Is Missing" will be available soon.
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI  49855

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