October 26, 2019

#BookReview: The Kooky Kinkajou (Nocturnals Early Reader ) by Tracey Hecht

Synopsis: Tobin, Bismark, and Dawn are bored. There's nothing to do! So when Karina the kinkajou comes along, she gives them a lesson on using their imaginations. 

Soon the three nocturnal friends are following Karina and the ‘sparkle sprite’ over rivers, under waterfalls, and to the end of a rainbow.

Includes bonus Nocturnals fun facts with a glossary of kooky words (Ages 6-8)

Themes include friendship, imagination, and accepting new ideas.

Visit the Nocturnals World online to download printable activities including Constellation Charades, Animal Mask Craft, and Sight Word Games. Social Emotional Learning Activities include Kindness Game, Listening Ears Activity, Educator Guides and more!

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About the Author: Tracey Hecht has written, directed, and produced for film. The American Booksellers Association chose the first book in her critically acclaimed middle grade series, The Nocturnals: The Mysterious Abductions, as a Kids’ Indie Next List pick. This year, her Grow & Read early reader book, The Chestnut Challenge, was given a Mom’s Choice Gold Award.  In partnership with the New York Public Library, Tracey created a Read Aloud Writing Program that she has since conducted—both in person and virtually—in over 100 schools, libraries, and bookstores across the country. Tracey currently splits her time between New York City and Oquossoc, Maine, with her husband, four children, and dog, Penny.
Josie Yee is an award winning illustrator specializing in children's books. She lives in New York City with her daughter, Ana, and their cat, Dude.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
My Review: Although this is set for under my age level. I had issues with pronouncing the monkey's name.  The rest of the story was great for this age group.  I think for me though it was a little boring. I think this one would make a great cartoon though.  The projects were great and fun! And the artwork was cute. 

Praise for The Nocturnals Grow & Read Series
“This banter-filled early reader describes the initial meeting between shy Tobin the pangolin, brash Bismark the sugar glider, and kindhearted Dawn the fox…the pared-down narration and dialogue quickly establish their personalities...Hecht and Dowling successfully set the stage for more adventurous outings down the road.” —Publishers Weekly
“Physical characteristics, personality quirks, and the beginnings of their mutual trust and friendship are aptly portrayed through both words and pictures. A few ‘Nocturnals Fun Facts’ at the end should help with any factual queries. Whether listening, reading along, or launching individual attempts, satisfied readers will be ready and waiting for the next installment.” —Booklist
“This beginning reader does a good job of addressing the idea of being afraid and being brave…The illustrations have a charming folk art-like quality that may appeal to fans of animal picture books. Because the events all take place at night, the palette is an unusual teal-based one that is quite attractive.”—YA Books Central

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