Saturday, August 15, 2015

Aaron is Cool by P.D. Eastman -- OPTIONAL

Eastman, P.D. Aaron Is Cool. EARLY READER. Random House, 2015. $3.99. Content: G.

From rolling snowballs, to ice skating, to opening presents, Aaron loves winter. Unfortunately, the accident-prone alligator doesn't always come out of his many experiences unscathed. Good thing he takes his mishaps well!

Aaron's laid-back attitude and willingness to keep trying set a good example for young readers, although the fact that he skates on thin ice probably isn't the best example. Many will find his misadventures and obliviousness amusing, especially when paired with the author's tongue-in-cheek voice. The ending wishes readers a happy New Year, making it more time-sensitive, and many of the illustrations have an old-fashioned feel -- perhaps because this is adapted from a title originally published in 1967. Still, it did age well and would be fun for a read-aloud, especially around the holiday season.

Pre-K, EL (K-3) -- ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Caryn

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