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MO AND JO FIGHTING TOGETHER FOREVER (TOON Books)

Author: Dean Haspiel and Jay Lynch

Illustrator: Dean Haspiel and Jay Lynch

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Publisher: Little Lit Library, a Division of RAW Junior, LLC, ©2008

Material: hard cover

Summary: Siblings Mona and Joey know about fighting. They do it all the time. While working their way through a computer game, they discover that their hero, Mighty Mojo is a real person. When he asks the kids to take over, they each get some of his powers. Mo and Jo now face their biggest challenge: working together to the evil Saw Jaw. Will they be superheroes or helpless fighters? This is an early reader graphic novel that is a chapter book adventure.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytimer reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 5 to 9

Reading Level: 0.7

Age of Child: Read with a 7-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Having read Otto's Orange Day, our daughter jumped at the chance to read this to us before we had a chance to read it with her. She liked the superhero story, but hasn't gone back to this one as much as other TOON Books.

Adult Reader Reaction: Of the three TOON Books we've read so far, this one has the broadest vocabulary, and we had to help our first grader with some of the words. Overall, it seems to take a long time (32 pages) for Mona and Joey to realize they need to work together. While the repetitive dialogue is helpful for learning to read, the ongoing fighting got monotonous and slowed the action.

Pros: Comic lovers and superheroes in training will enjoy this easy reader adventure about siblings who learn the importance of teamwork.

Cons: The story is somewhat predictable, as is the back-and-forth between Mona and her brother.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow or buy. As a shared story, it is a book that pre-readers would enjoy. As an easy reader, there is a solid story that will engage kids learning to read. Odds are good that a reluctant or remedial reader would pick this up more than once.

If You Liked This Book, Try: JACK AND THE BOX (TOON BOOKS)   MARVEL HEROES: MIX AND MATCH STORYBOOK   VINNY THE BUG MAN

Educational Themes: Sibling dynamics and teamwork are themes you can draw from the book. They offer a solid foundation for a story that is intended to be an easy reader and help kids become more proficient readers.

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level .7

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, graphic novel, family, adventure

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2008

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