Monday, April 6, 2015

Aaron Is a Good Sport by P.D. Eastman -- NOT RECOMMENDED

Eastman, P.D. Aaron Is a Good Sport. EARLY READER. Step Into Reading (Random House), 2015. $3.99. Content: G.

Aaron has awful luck. When he runs, he trips. When he throws baseballs, he breaks windows. When he plants flowers, they grow too large and scary for him to handle. This is a reprint of a 1964 edition, so maybe the actual story has been too simplified for this early reader version. As it stands now, however, this book has no plot at all, and the title makes little sense as it directly states how Aaron feels about his mishaps despite there being no proof in the actual text. And, finally, because it is thirty-two pages of Aaron making one mistake after another, with a very dismissive, "Everything happens to Aaron!" at the end as the only explanation, the book ends up being rather depressing. Poor Aaron, who can't do anything right and can't ever catch a break!

Pre-K, EL (K-3) -- NOT RECOMMENDED. Reviewer: Caryn

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