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Author: Gary Harbo

Illustrator: Gary Harbo

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Publisher: Kutie Kari Books, Inc., ©2004

Material: hard cover

Summary: Bart and some of his friends go on a trip to the Northern Woods of Minnesota. Grannie Jannie invites Babbaran with them on the trip. When Bart meets her, he thinks he has fallen in love. But there are bigger problems for him and his friends. This is a text-heavy picture book for middle readers.

Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, middle grade reader, advanced reader

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 9; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 5 to 8

Age of Child: Read by a seventh grader.

Young Reader Reaction: I picked out this book because I thought it would be good for a small child. I didn't like this book because it had no action, scary parts, or adventure.

Adult Reader Reaction: Although we're not fans of scary or gory, adventures are fun to read. This one, though, seems to get bogged down by the text. We read an advanced reader version, and it seems like there is a lot of emphasis on meeting scoring criteria than letting a story flow naturally (i.e., with a few less words).

Pros: This is a great book for independent readers to share with younger children. The plot is of greater interest to younger kids; but you need to be a reader to enjoy it.

Cons: Nothing, really. It just wasn't one that grabbed us.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a book that parents might want to share with a young child.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE GREAT TRAIN RIDE (If You Want to Succeed You Need to Read, #4)   BIG RIG RUSTLERS   THERE'S A TIGER IN THE WOODS

Notes: As of 2009 - Out of Print

Literary Categories: Fiction - travel, adventure, geography

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2008

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