I have a fun series to tell you about today. It is a great series for younger kids and reluctant readers. It is part of Scholastic’s “Branches” book series. The Branches series are books for new independent readers. They are designed to be a bit more challenging but have great stories and exciting plots to keep kids reading.
By Timothy Roland
Monkey Me and the Golden Monkey
96 pages – ages 6+
Published by Scholastic Inc. on January 28, 2014
Clyde has always been an excitable kid. But when he eats a radioactive banana at the science museum, something strange happens. Clyde literally turns into a monkey when he gets excited! And, for Clyde, that’s a recipe for humongous trouble!
Monkey Me and the Pet Show
96 pages – ages 6+
Will be Published by Scholastic Inc. on March 25, 2014
Roz the bully has been getting on Clyde’s nerves for a while now. She seems to enjoy scaring Clyde. It doesn’t help that she trained her bulldog, Chopper, to go after Clyde. When Clyde learns that Roz is entering Chopper in a pet show, Clyde decides to enter too, so he can beat them! And, what pet is better than… Clyde! As himself – his monkey self!
This is a hilarious series! I think young kids and reluctant readers will like this story a lot. I like how the story turns into a comic whenever Clyde transforms into a monkey. That’s a nice touch. The story idea is cute and really funny. The illustrations are great and cartoon-like. Very kid-friendly. Clyde is a funny kid, not unlike many kindergarten/first graders, and is very hyper, also not unlike many kindergarten/first graders *hee hee.* The reading level is great for young kids or kids a bit older who have some trouble reading. Mixing text with the illustrations really keeps your interest.
To learn more about the Scholastic Branches books visit their website HERE.