Sunday, July 2, 2017

Lazy Bear, Crazy Bear: Loony Long Vowels! by Kevin Bolger -- ADVISABLE

Bolger, Kevin Lazy Bear, Crazy Bear: Loony Long Vowels!, illustrated by Ben Hodson. PICTURE BOOK. HarperCollins, 2015. $7.99. Content: G.

This primer on long vowels aims to amuse while it educates. It includes several long-vowel pronunciation rules, as well as short, humorous, comic-bookish stories highlighting each vowel. Because of its length, it would likely work best when used a little at a time as opposed to all at once, which makes it more suited to an individual classroom or small tutoring groups rather than a full library class. The snippets will likely appeal to children who have tired of textbook-style language learning. I do have some reservations about the "nude dude" and "crude" references. While nothing is actually shown, some students may take issue with these. Most, however, will likely find them hilarious (especially after explaining what "crude" means for those who don't already have the word in their vocabulary). I do wish it didn't advertise the short vowels book in the middle of this one; it feels a bit like having a commercial in the middle of a book. And, after all, commercial-free entertainment is one of the many perks of reading.

EL (K-3) -- ADVISABLE. Reviewed by Sydney G., K-6 Library Media Specialist

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