Snail’s Silly Adventures by Mary Peterson / Extraordinary Warren’s World by Sarah Dillard

Snail’s Silly Adventures by Mary Peterson (9781534463455) / Extraordinary Warren’s World by Sarah Dillard (9781534463479) Aladdin, 2020.

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Early reader/animal fantasy

What did you like about the book? Both of these titles were previously published as separate books, and are now combined into one newly titled book. Each features one single story in chapters, easy to read text, and a hybrid of graphic novel and chapter book elements. Stand alone text and word bubbles with digital illustrations in graphic panels and full and half page spreads make them both appealing and fun, and not too busy.

In Snail’s Silly Adventures (Snail Has Lunch and Snail Finds a Home) Snail is forced to leave his cozy old rusty bucket by accident, and, with his friend Ladybug, explores the garden. Silly farm-related adventures ensue. In Extraordinary Warren’s World (Extraordinary Warren and Extraordinary Warren Saves the Day) Warren, who believes he is different from the other chicks, and his sidekick, Egg, have funny adventures trying to outsmart Millard the rat. Both titles are gently humorous animal adventures.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Perfect for newly independent readers and fans of Doreen Cronin’s Chicken Squad series.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? I think it’s more reader than graphic, so I think it belongs in easy readers.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: January 5, 2020

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