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“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
Summary: The Knight Lights were preparing for their evening roll call when they saw just a flick of something go by. Stilton quickly assessed the 'flick' as a flea, and the quest was on to rid Lindenberry Castle of the pulex siphonaptera! This is the second book in the Knight Light series, and is a cross between a comic book and a traditional chapter book.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 10; read yourself: 8 to 12
Young Reader Reaction: I really like the characters; they were pretty funny during some parts. But I didn’t like the whole idea… I thought it was kind of pointless and weird. It is so weird it is kind of funny! I definitely disliked was the scene switching throughout the story. It is very sudden and random. I would recommend this book to a 3rd or 2nd grade level. If I was back in 2nd grade I would die for this book, but not at 12 years old.
Adult Reader Reaction: This book was a disappointment. The first story was great, and even with the sidebars, etc., was easy to follow. This one seemed more chaotic.
Pros: The book is written with rhyme and tongue-in-cheek humor, with short sentences and lots of pictures. The short sentences and fast-paced story will appeal to those who "have" to read but don't want to ... and improve their vocabulary without them knowing it!
Cons: Having to take a 30-page detour (chapters 2 to 4) so newbies could read the original legend was annoying.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, just so your prepared when the next volume comes out. Kids (especially boys) will likely enjoy the pace and adventure. Those helping struggling middle-readers should give this series serious consideration.
Educational Themes: Other than a remedy for dealing with fleas, there are no specific educational themes. Kids who are interested in graphic novels, though, may find this a nice primer for format and style.
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