Until now I’ve recommended individual books, usually based on my weekly blog. This week’s recommendations don’t exactly fit with the “Reading is Fundamental” blog but certainly fit with the concept. If a child finds a book he or she really likes that part of a series it’s highly likely that the rest of the books in the series will be read too. These books are also appropriate for reluctant readers.
Zach Files book series by Dan Greenburg is for kids in grades 3 to 5. “Zack is a normal 10-year-old boy with a knack for getting into weird situations. In Wanda, he attempts to rid his apartment of a rude eight-year-old poltergeist who communicates by spelling out words with peanut M&Ms. In Litter Box, he plans to adopt a kitten but instead acquires a cantankerous talking cat that claims to be the reincarnation of his great-grandfather. He sees his reflection in the Medicine Cabinet mirror and falls through into a skewed world that its inhabitants consider much “cooler” than ours. An electrical accident occurs at school and Zap!?Zack can hear thoughts, including a bloodthirsty voice expressing an eagerness to kill. The stories have a whacked-out, off-the-wall humor that is reminiscent of the work of Daniel Pinkwater. At the same time, they neatly poke fun at the conventions of popular horror series. Kids will find some of the episodes tremendously funny. Great-Grandpa the cat threatens to “take a leak” on the sofa if Zack doesn’t provide him with his preferred food (herring with sour cream!); Wanda and a fellow ghost yank down a bully’s pants. The books are short without looking babyish and would appeal to reluctant readers as well as those with a taste for oddball humor. Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.” Review from Amazon.
Geronimo Stilton book series by Geronimo Stilton (real name Elisabetta Dami) is for kids aged 7 and up. Who is Geronimo Stilton? “Geronimo Stilton was born in New Mouse City, Mouse Island. He is the editor and publisher of The Rodent’s Gazette, New Mouse City’s most widely read daily newspaper. He is the author of more than 40 adventure novels, and the recipient of the Ratitzer Prize for his books The Curse of the Cheese Pyramid and The Search for Sunken Treasure. In his spare time, Mr. Stilton collects antique cheese rinds and plays golf. He also enjoys telling stories to his nephew Benjamin.” Review from Amazon.
Elephant and Piggie book series by Mo Williams is for children aged 4 and up. “A three-time Caldecott Honor winner for Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity, Mo Willems has also won two Geisel Medals for There is a Bird on Your Head! and Are You Ready to Play Outside? And his books are perennial New York Times bestsellers. Before he turned to children’s books, Mo was a writer and animator on Sesame Street, where he won six Emmy Awards. Mo lives with his family in Massachusetts.” Review from Amazon.