Tigers Can’t Purr by Thea Feldman, illustrated by Lee Cosgrove / Sharks Can’t Smile by Elizabeth Dennis, illustrated by Lee Cosgrove

 Tigers Can’t Purr (Super Facts for Super Kids, Level 2) by Thea Feldman, illustrated by Lee Cosgrove, Simon Spotlight, 9781534467743 (PB), 9781534467750 (HB), 9781534467767 (E-book), 2020

  Sharks Can’t Smile (Super Facts for Super Kids, Level 2) by Elizabeth Dennis, illustrated by Lee Cosgrove, Simon Spotlight, 9781534467712 (PB), 9781534467729 (HB), 9781534467736 (E-book), 2020

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

What did you like about the book? Young readers making the transition from learning to read to reading to learn often face their biggest challenges in attempting to read and comprehend non-fiction texts. The Super Facts series does an excellent job of presenting interesting facts in inviting ways. The colorful chapters are written in an accessible, large font and are peppered with colorful photographs and comic-like illustrations. The glossary is front and center in both books, and the charts, graphs, and diagrams are detailed without being overwhelming. The facts presented appear to be well researched and provide information that would be perfect for use in an entry-level research project for primary students.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  These books would be great additions to any classroom or school library as mentor texts for non-fiction informational writing and research. They also would work quite well for reluctant readers who enjoy picture breaks to help ease the burden of reading more complex texts.

Who should buy this book? Elementary and public libraries

Where would you shelve it? In an easy-to-read non-fiction section or J 599.75 and J 597.31 respectively

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street Elementary School, Northboro, MA

Date of review: 11/22/2020

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