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Summary: Biscuit is a lovable puppy with a adventurous personality. Today, Biscuit is going to a pet show. There is a lot to see - cats, birds, fish, bunnies, and other dogs. Biscuit gets distracted and keeps running away from his owner to cuddle close with the other animals. In the end, Biscuit's owner is very upset. Then the judge comes over to give Biscuit the ribbon of #1 friend. This easy reader offers a story that kids who get really excited can relate to.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 5 to 7
Young Reader Reaction: This book is very cute and nice for kids to see what can happen when you get distracted. Kids who are jumpy can sympathize with Biscuit. The fact that he is given a prize is heartwarming and shows how the prize does not have to be for the typical good things, which I think is a good lesson for young readers.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a really sweet story. Many easy readers just get kids to practice words or tell a "factual" story. This one has meat to it, and there are opportunities not only to talk about what happens in the story, but extend that to life, too.
Pros: A sweet, familiar friend and a happy ending make this easy reader a perfect selection.
Cons: One issue from our teen reviewer: Biscuit's dialogue ("woof, woof") is not well distinguished from what the humans say. Some kids could find this confusing, thinking that the humans are speaking puppy.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a sweet story and a great choice as an easy reader. It would make a good book to read with younger kids, but after a couple of readings they'll be ready for a different Biscuit adventure.
Educational Themes: Biscuit books offer a nice lesson in friendship for young children and also provide a great basis for helping them learn to read.
Notes: The publisher 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 - animal characters, friendship, life lessons, easy reader series
Date(s) Reviewed: July 2014
Other Reviews: No Critics' Reviews found. See reader feedback at barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com.