Thursday, August 6, 2015

Backpacks! by Julianne Moore -- ESSENTIAL

Moore, Julianne Backpacks! (Freckleface Strawberry), illustrated by LeUyen Pham. EARLY READER. Doubleday Books for Young Readers (Random House), 2015. $12.99. Content: G.

Freckleface Strawberry loves gum. Windypants Patrick loves donuts. Feeling smart, they sneak their favorite treats to school one day. The result? A huge mess that ruins their homework. Luckily for them, their teacher mistakes the mess for on-purpose extra credit work. Freckleface Strawberry and Windypants Patrick know they must admit the truth, but what will happen if they do?

This is a colorful, humorous lesson in honesty, in what to take to school (and what to leave at home), and in how to learn a lesson from a mistake. The amusing twist at the end leaves room for discussion about what disasters the two friends may be heading toward next.

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

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