Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Best in Class (Puppy Pirates Super Special #2) by Erin Soderberg -ADVISABLE

Soderberg, Erin Best in Class (Puppy Pirates Super Special #2), 106 pages. Stepping Stone (Random House), 2017.  $6.  Language: G (o swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: G.

New Pup has joined the pirate crew, but she expects to attend pirate school. Captain Red Beard and the crew have never heard of a puppy pirate school. New Pup tells them all about other puppy schools –the obedience school, herding school, and more. So a group of the puppy pirates infiltrates the other schools for ideas. Finally puppy pirate school is ready. Will new pup and the more experienced pirates be able to pass muster? Will Wally, who has pretended to be a captain before –be able to try it for real when danger calls for it?

This is a great book for 2-3 graders. It has longer chapters and more complex plots and character counts than most early chapter books –but still features quite a few illustrations. It’s a fun adventure and the only thing I found jarring was that the puppy world and the human world exist together. This has been a VERY popular series in my library with first and second graders (though I think the reading level is a bit challenging for first graders so I am not sure they are reading and comprehending).

EL (K-3) – ADVISABLE Stephanie, Elementary School Librarian & Author

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