Monday, April 16, 2012

98. Too Short for the Court by Amy J. Lemke

Too Short for the Court by Amy J. Lemke. Illustrated by Steve Harper.  (US) - (Canada)
My First Graphic Novel

Pages: 32
Ages: 5+
Finished: Mar. 28, 2012
First Published: Jan. 1, 2012
Publisher: Stone Arch Books
Genre: graphic novel, children, easy reader, sports
Rating: 4/5


First sentence: "Morgan's favorite thing to do is play basketball."

Publisher's Summary: "Morgan feels like she is too short to be good at basketball. But all that changes when her friend Alexis helps her practice."

Acquired: Received a review copy from Capstone Press.

Reason for Reading: I am fond of these beginning readers.

This series of readers is for beginning readers. This one is at a RL of 1.4. The first couple of pages show how to read a graphic novel showing the direction the panels are read and then showing the direction text and balloons should by read. A book that is graphically well-designed for optimum reading experience and a story which is both interesting and applicable to young children's lives. Harpster's illustrations are bold and realistic.  While this story features girls, I think the theme of being the shortest kid on the court will resonate with boys just as well.

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