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Author: Toni Buzzeo

Illustrator: Amy Wummer

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Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers, an Imprint of Penguin Group,

Material: hard cover

Summary: It's Saturday, and Annie Grace is looking for adventure. She can't wait for her mom to get off the phone to find out what their adventure will be. Turns out, they need to go to Mommy's office. It doesn't seem like much of an adventure ... until she gets her map, that is! This is the first in this picture book series about a little girl with a big imagination.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 7; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 2

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: Adorable. Adventure Annie is full of life with a wonderful imagination and no time to waste. Mom is illustrated perfectly - alternating between engaged with her precocious daughter, but also exasperated at times. The plot is fresh/unique; the story realistic (mom goes to work); and sure to inspire your own adventurers.

Pros: Vivacious Annie will capture the heart of readers young and old. The story is refreshing, and a must-have for mothers and daughters to share.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a great book to have handy on your bookshelf. Yes, boys will like it just as much!!


Educational Themes: There are several themes you can draw out in this story ... starting with interrupting mom on the phone! This is also a nice book to choose when kids ask about what you do at work. Even though we explain it, being able to show Annie's mom's office can make the concept more concrete for them.

Notes: The author donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, family, jobs

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2014

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