Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Small Readers: The Boulder Brothers: Meet Mo and Jo by Sarah Lynn, illustrated by Pierre Collet-Derby

This is a title in the Jump-Into-Chapters series started by Blue Apple. It features easy readers in comic format.

Mo and Jo, two caveboys, go through a series of silly and mild adventures in this collection of stories. First, they investigate a mysterious stink. A lot of bathing happens before they finally track down the source. Next, they try playing hide and seek but Jo doesn't quite get it and it takes a lot of discussion and false starts before they figure out how to play. Finally, the two boys try to find a way to warm up and try lots of silly solutions before they stop shivering - and start sweating!

The reading level of this book is easier than the other title in this series I looked at. In keeping with their caveboy setting, they use few words and short, incomplete sentences. The boys have a slighter darker skin tone than appears on the cover and they seem to have a younger sister with curly red hair. The pictures blend smoothly with the minimal text, making this an excellent beginning reader.

Verdict: This is definitely one to add to your easy reader section. The large type, short words and sentences, and colorful pictures blend together to create an fun and attractive book for beginning readers with a sense of humor. Recommended.

ISBN: 9781609055011; Published 2014 by Blue Apple; Borrowed from another library in my consortium

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