Monday, July 31, 2017

What is Chasing Duck? AND There's a Pest in the Garden!

What is Chasing Duck? 
There’s a Pest in the Garden!
Both By Jan Thomas
Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 2017. Easy Readers.

Have you wondered what you would do now that the Elephant and Piggie books are all published? Have you been looking for new things to make you laugh over in the Easy Reader section? Well, this is not Elephant and Piggie—but these books are SO MUCH FUN!

I have loved Jan Thomas books for ages. Rhyming Dust Bunnies stole my heart eight years ago…and I have loved seeing the new Jan Thomas books ever since! (Seriously if you don’t know about A Birthday for Cow! or Is Everyone Ready for Fun? then you are missing out! And don’t even get me started on the fun I had reading Let’s Count Goats! in story time years ago…)

Anyway, so rewind back to the part about me missing Elephant and Piggie books. I do miss them. And then here comes picture book author and illustrator Jan Thomas who I love—and she has published TWO easy reader books with some of the characters from her picture books! I am in heaven! These are funny. These are clever. These books make me chuckle. And I think that youngsters who are learning to read will love them too.

What is Chasing Duck? is about something that is chasing duck. (Doesn’t that just make young kiddos wonder just by reading the title?) And in classic Jan Thomas style there is a small twist at the end. In There’s a Pest in the Garden! again the title gives readers a clue as to what to expect (and isn’t that just so helpful when they are learning to read?) Duck is worried that the pest will eat all his favorite garden veggies. So with another clever ending readers will again laugh. Oh, thank you Jan Thomas for writing fun easy reader books! And I am excited that it looks like there will be at least two more in the future. Oh happy day!

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