Monday, July 11, 2011
Book Review: Meet the Planets
Meet the Planets
By: John McGranaghan
Illustrated by: Laurie Allen Klein
Published by: Sylvan Dell Publishing
Price: $8.95, paperback
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by: Kris Quinn Christopherson
Synopsis: Soar into the Solar System to witness the first Favorite Planet Competition, emceed by none other than the former-ninth planet, now known as a dwarf planet Pluto. The readers become the judges after the sun can’t pick a favorite and the meteors leave for a shower. Who will the lucky planet be? Could it be speedy-messenger Mercury, light-on-his-feet Saturn, or smoking-hot Venus? Readers learn all about each planet as Pluto announces them with short, tongue-in-cheek facts.
Overall thoughts: This was a very creative way to learn about the planets. I learned some interesting facts about the planets in reading this book to my children! The Favorite Planet Competition format is an attention-grabbing idea that hooked my kids right way. Having my kids and I (all readers when reading) decide the winner of the competition allowed us to be involved, and is very clever. I found some of the vocabulary used in the book to be a bit high for a five year old, but it would enhance a five year old’s personal language skills. Definitely a resourceful and fun book.
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