Thursday, July 30, 2015
All Paws on Deck by Jessica Young -- ADVISABLE
Haggis and Tank are two dogs with very active imaginations -- and they love to use those imaginations in order to go on pretend adventures. In this, the first of the series, they spend an afternoon as pirates searching for buried treasure. But the pirate life is hard when a lack of wind means their sailboat won't move, a sea creature lurks in the water, and the treasure's location is a secret.
This early chapter book is a good mix of colorful illustrations and active text, and the layout has an eye-catching graphic novel feel to it. Children who are fond of pretend play will likely see themselves in Haggis and Tank, and astute readers will notice plenty of amusing details. Because of the frequent use of homophones, figures of speech, and other colorful language, this could work well in a language arts lesson. There are also some interesting uses of measuring that could be fun to experiment with in a math class.
EL (K-3) -- ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Caryn