Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguise
by Kate DiCamillo
illustrated by Chris Van Dusen
MA: Candlewick Press, 2007. 70 pages.
ages 4 - 7
This Mercy Watson book had my five-year old in giggles. It's the perfect book for hamming up (OK, bad pun) as you read it aloud. The illustrations are bright, colorful and silly - full of action and expression. There are about six sentence on each page - it's a good series as a read aloud for preschoolers listening to longer books, or as a book for first and second graders to read by themselves. The audiobook is available as a CD from Books on Tape or for download from Audible.com.
Horrid Henry and the Scary Sitter
by Francesca Simon
illustrated by Tony Ross
IL: Sourcebooks, 2009. 83 pages
ages 6 - 9
Horrid Henry is a great series for kids who want action, laughs and quick stories. Each book has four short chapters, and is written at about a 2nd or 3rd grade level. Kids will like how they see some of themselves in the stories, but can laugh at how Horrid Henry takes everything one step too far. Adults will laugh and cringe at the stories, for Henry is truly a horrid little child. But he has a little of all of us in him.
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The review copy of Mercy Watson came from my local library. The review copy of Horrid Henry came from the publisher. You can find these at your local bookstores - they have great Halloween books in now. You can also find Mercy Watson and Horrid Henry at your local public libararies.
Both of these books are available online at Amazon. If you make a purchase by clicking through to Amazon, Great Kid Books receives a small percentage, which will be used to buy more books to review. One book I'm buying with my Amazon credits is Ghosts, a new Magic Treehouse research book - looks like fun!