Thursday, August 14, 2014

BRANCHES from Scholastic

At the beginning of the summer Scholastic sent us review copies of 2 different books that were scheduled for publication.  They are both illustrated early chapter books from a marketing campaign entitled BRANCHES (books that grow readers).  Eerie Elementary #1: The School Is Alive! (A Branches Book) by Jack Chabert and Dragon Masters #1: Rise of the Earth Dragon (A Branches Book) by Tracey West.

First of all, I can't tell you how cool my son thought it was to be one of the very first kids to ever read these books.  He was totally pumped about that!  Thank you Scholastic!  (Eerie Elementary was published in June 2014 and is available for purchase now.  Dragon Masters will available for purchase August 26th 2014.)

Secondly, he loved them both!  He actually read them aloud to me.  The stories were well developed and great for building his reading vocabulary.  He still likes reading books with pictures, so that helped keep him going til the end.

When I asked which was his favorite, he really couldn't decide.  Eerie Elementary is about a school that is ALIVE.  It has some mild creepiness and suspense.  Just right for a young child who likes a bit of the supernatural.  Dragon Masters was my favorite of the two.  A young farm boy gets chosen to be part of an elite group of dragon masters.  There's mystery and dragons and all kinds of fantasy along with mischief.  Both books are the first in a series of books to come.

There are lots of different kinds of books in BRANCHES, we're excited to look into other series as well.  You should check it out!

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