Robot, Go Bot!Robot, Go Bot! put a smile on my face, and I think it will do the same for our kindergartners and first graders. Kids will connect to the tale - I mean, who wouldn't want a robot they could order around to do their chores and play with them? Especially if you built that robot yourself!
by Dana Meachen Rau
illustrated by Wook Jin Jung
Random House, 2013
your local library
Dana Meachen Rau's spare text is complemented by Wook Jin Jung's minimalist cartoon illustrations, making this text a welcome sight for new readers. Let's hope they have more adventures for Robot in the works!
Bean Dog and Nugget: The BallOooh, a shiny new ball! Bean Dog is so excited to tell his friend Nugget all about it and show her. But when she asks to touch it, he pulls the ball away and says, "NO! It's special to me."
by Charise Mericle Harper
Alfred A. Knopf / Random House, 2013
your local library
So what do you think Nugget does? Yup. She walks away. And that's NO FUN for Bean Dog. Hmm, what should he do???
When Bean Dog's ball gets lost in the bushes, the friends work together to figure out how to get it back. Utter goofiness ensues, as the friends throw their shoes into the bushes. There's a particularly giggle-inducing scene when Bean Dog wants to throw his pants into the bushes. The pair discover, as kids so often do, that it's much more fun to solve the problem together and make a game out of the whole adventure.
I love the ample white space around the drawings and text. Kids who are learning to read must also learn the way comic books work. I talk with my first graders how you read them top to bottom, left to right, one panel at a time. The simplicity of the drawings keeps the focus on the dialog and plot, an important thing for new readers.
I'm guessing that kids will also have fun drawing their own Bean Dog and Nugget adventures. Get this for kids who've loved Elephant and Piggie and are ready for something a little more complicated.
Check out Travis Jonker's review at 100 Scope Notes and Charise Harper's guest post on Writing For Kids, as she tells about where she got the idea for Bean Dog and Nugget.
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Review ©2013 Mary Ann Scheuer, Great Kid Books