Friday, November 3, 2017

Book Review: Charlie and Mouse series by Laurel Snyder and Emily Hughes

Silly Ms. Snyder seems to think she has based this new series on her own children, when it should be obvious to everyone that it is all about Logan and Shane.


Who else but Logan would try to earn money by selling rocks to the neighbors (and get away with it)? And the bedtime banana stalling technique - pure genius that could only come from Shane! Two adorable, spirited brothers in a charming early reader that my kids pretty much memorized as soon as I brought it home.

The newest title is just as fun:


In this heartwarming sequel to Laurel Snyder's beginning chapter book Charlie & Mouse, the two brothers enjoy a special visit from their grandpa, Grumpy. Follow along as they discuss being medium, pounce each other, sing the wrong songs, build blanket forts, and more. 

I know that SAYS it is their grandfather visiting, but this was obviously written about our recent visit from Uncle Mike. And it was a sheet used in the fort, not a blanket.

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All joking aside, this is a fantastic new series for your beginning readers. Broken up into very short chapters with cheerful, quirky illustrations, they are sure to both entertain your new readers and encourage them with how well they can read "a real chapter book". Bonus: you won't mind hearing the stories over and over yourself! We are eagerly anticipating the next installment!

*NOTE: These titles have been nominated for the Cybils Award, and I am a first round panelist. There are many nominations and six other judges. My opinions should not be construed as a sign of inclusion or exclusion on the final short list.

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