Run, Mo, Run! by Davie A. Adler, illustrated by Sam Ricks

Run, Mo, Run! (Mo Jackson #6) by Davie A. Adler, illustrated by Sam Ricks. Penguin Young Readers, 2020. 9781984836823

Format: Hardcover

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

Genre:  Early reader

What did you like about the book? Another sweet easy reader title starring Mo Jackson, a small boy who loves sports. This book features track, and previous titles covered football, basketball, soccer, baseball and swimming. Mo is a brown skinned second grader whose skill doesn’t always match his enthusiasm, but he tries hard and loves his snacks. In this case, a smushed jelly doughnut in his pocket is what helps him keep hold of the baton, winning the race for his class.

Lively illustrations depict a diverse community. Consistent with a J level GRL, compound words, more dialogue and a storyline that contains more action and characters make this a great early reader.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  For new readers who love sports and classroom humor.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Early readers

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? You should read at least one in the series.

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

Date of review: January 29, 2021

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