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Summary: Late again! Daisy never seems to make it to school before the bell rings. Miss Frink is frustrated, but there is nothing Daisy can do. No one will really believe her, anyway. Even Daisy isn't sure. Did she really hear the mice talking about cheesy cheddar? and did she really rescue Boom, the hound-dog, using a plan hatched by Cyril (the squirrel)? There's only one way to find out. Humor (and a dawdling schoolgirl) drive this illustrated chapter book for young readers.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, illustrated chapter, short chapter, independent reading, read aloud book, reluctant reader
Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 12
Interest Level: 6 to 10
Reading Level: 4.3
Age of Child: Started reading with a 6-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: We would read a chapter-a-day before school, and invariably, our daughter would want to keep reading (rather than head into school). As an animal lover, she thinks it would be cool for animals to talk to you!
Adult Reader Reaction: Daisy is adorable. Within the first few pages you're smitten by her (and don't like Miss Frink)! The events offer a refreshing take on a timeless theme. The author adds just enough double entendre to give adults a chuckle, too. [Who better to be a super-spy than a squirrel?] The pen and ink sketches are terrific and are the perfect complement to the story.
Pros: Young readers will enjoy this fast-paced chapter book. Readers who still want (or need) picture to take up space on a page will be very happy!
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a fun book that can be shared with an emerging elementary reader, and enjoyed later as a partner read or independent read as their skills develop.
Educational Themes: There are some fun things you can do with this book beyond exploring some of its themes (responsibility, friendship, imagination, dreams). Young readers could write their own scripts about "partnering" with an animal. You could take a walk outside and imagine what animals are saying to each other as you observe their behavior.
Notes: The Reading Tub, Inc. received an advance reader copy of this title.
Literary Categories: Fiction - animal stories, humor, adventure, fantasy, series
Date(s) Reviewed: April 2008
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