Monday, June 17, 2013
Boris on the Move by Andrew Joyner
I have a cute early reader for middle grade Monday. It is, Boris on the Move, by Andrew Joyner.
Before Boris was born, his parents traveled all over the world in their van, but now the van never leaves the yard. Poor Boris wants to travel and have adventures. One day, he hears something he's never heard before, the sound of the van's engine starting up. Will Boris finally get to go on an adventure?
This is a cute story perfect for children who are ready to move away from phonics readers, but aren't quite ready for full-on chapter books. The book is filled with colorful images, and some pages read comic book style. The word choices are perfect for the younger ages, and correspond to the pictures for extra help.
Boris is an adorable hog, who is just like a real kid. Boris on the Move is the first in a series of books from Scholastic, that will all come out within 6 months of each other.
The only thing that stuck me as weird is the illustration of the van with a real house built on top of it. Everything else in the book is just like real life, the mobile home should have been too.
As an added bonus, there is a lesson on how to make your own compass at the end of the story. I think these books will be a hit.