Thursday, April 25, 2019

#road2reading Challenge - sequels for early readers - 4.25.19

All journeys have a starting place.
This is a weekly place to find books and tools
that you may use with readers 
at the start of their independent reading journey.
Join in the conversation at #road2reading.

This week I've got some sequels for the early readers!  

Mr. Monkey Takes a Hike by Jeff Mack
Mr. Monkey Takes a Hike
by Jeff Mack
I am really enjoying this series!  I actually put one of the first books on our Mock Geisel list this past year and I think this one could also fit the criteria.  It has a repeating pattern and words, enjoyable plot line and many sight words.  This is a book I will use with younger readers because it is so engaging and with it part of a series, it's perfect to hook readers!
In this third installment, Mr. Monkey is hooked on video games.  He runs, ducks, climbs, swings, falls and loses over and over.  This is equally fun and frustrating for Mr. Monkey.  But then the video game becomes real life as a bird takes his controller.  Out in nature, Mr. Monkey runs, ducks, climbs, swings, falls and loses his controller over and over.  Frustrating, right?  Along the way, he does get inspired by the nature he sees, but not enough to get him away from that tv for too long!

King & Kayla and the Case of Found Fred by Dori Hillestad Butler
King and Kayla and the Case of Found Fred
written by Dori Hillestad Butler
illustrated by Nancy Meyers
If you're not familiar with this series, you'll want to change that!  After all, two of the books have won Geisel Honors!
The dynamic detective duo are back and on the case.  This time they are trying to help a lost dog, Fred, find his owners.  King interprets for us so the reader knows what is going on in the story, but poor Kayla has to do her best to understand and interpret doggie barks to figure things out!
Fans of the series will definitely enjoy this next book!

Charlie & Mouse Even Better by Laurel Snyder
Charlie and Mouse Even Better
written by Laurel Snyder
illustrated by Emily Hughes
This series just continues to get better with each book.  I really liked how this book has chapters that connect, but could stand alone.  There were connecting threads through each one, but if you have a reader who is having trouble retaining information throughout a book, the reader can read each chapter on its own.
In the first chapter of the book, Charlie and Mouse are having fun with mom as they challenge her to make all sorts of different pancake shapes.  It is decided that mom is the best!  The rest of the story the family prepares to celebrate Mom's birthday.  Readers will laugh at the present the boys decide to give her!  The last chapter connects the thread of mom being the best, even when she can make herself even better!

Looking forward to one of these sequels?  Readers will be excited for all of them!

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