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QUEEN BEE'S MIDNIGHT CAPER

Author: Simone Fairchild

Illustrator: Pamela Marie Key

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Publisher: A Better Be Write Publishing,

Material: paperback

Summary: The hive is abuzz! The Queen's niece, Lovely Lizy, has been kidnapped. Detective Brown is busy trying to find her. With the help of Ted the firefly, they race against time to find the heir to the throne and bring her home safely. This is the second book in this rhyming picture-book series.

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

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 4.3

Age of Child: Read by a teen with a 4-year-old boy.

Young Reader Reaction: My listener liked the pictures and wanted to read this story again right after we finished it. He immediately recognized right from wrong, and offered his opinion about what could happen to the culprit.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a colorful book, and I liked the illustrations. I was surprised, but happy, that he liked the book.

Pros: The rhyming story offers a light approach to the story, which has a lesson about staying safe, telling adults where your going. It can reinforce rules kids may already be aware of.

Cons: None offered by this reviewer.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE PLIGHT OF QUEEN BEE   DAKOTA GETS LOST (The Playdate Kids)   KING BIDGOOD'S IN THE BATHTUB

Educational Themes: You can use this story to talk about safety (i.e., never leave without telling anyone where you are going.)

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, animal characters, nature

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2008

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