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 
Date: 2011
ISBN: 978-1607181330
Price: $8.95, paperback
          $16.95, hardcover
Ages: 5-10
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. 

links:  www.sylvandellpublishing.com
            www.lauriekleinart.com

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