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THE SECRET DRAWER

Author: Nancy Gee

Illustrator: Raye Ann Saunoris

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Publisher: Ampersand, Inc., 2014

Material: hard cover

Summary: Al and Sal, flying squirrels, are having fun, until the lady in the house spots them. Time to head back to the woods. Uh, oh! Al went the wrong way. Now he's trapped in the house, with Odis the cat trying to catch him. Will Sal and Al ever be re-united? This is a rhyming picture book based on a true story.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: The story was different than what I expected based on the title, but it is very cute and I liked it. The illustrations are unique, with bright colors and comic-style flair. The story is well presented, allowing readers to listen and look at the pictures without feeling left behind (listener) or rushed (reader).

Pros: Bright illustrations engage young listeners as you read this fun story.

Cons: There are a few hiccups in the rhyming cadence, but nothing that will stick out to a young listener.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a book you'll read several times, then your reader will be ready to move on.

If You Liked This Book, Try: A HOME FOR PEARL SQUIRREL   WAITING FOR WINTER   RICK AND RACK AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS (Balloon Toons)

Educational Themes: The images are presented in such a way that young listeners could tell the story in their own words. A great way to build skills. Al and Sal are flying squirrels. Visit the library to find other books on these unique animals.

Notes: The Reading Tub® reviewed the book in conjunction with an Author Showcase feature. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

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

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2015

Other Reviews: No Critics Reviews found at the time of this review. See reader feedback at barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com.




                 

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