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MARVIN MONSTER'S BIG DATE

Author: Tabatha Jean D'Agata

Illustrator: Bonnie Everett-Hawkes

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Publisher: Moo Press, Inc.,

Material: paperback

Summary: Marvin Monster learns the value of keeping a promise, as he has to deal with a friend's broken commitment and realizes he's guilty of the same. This is a chapter book for early readers

Type of Reading: playtime reading, learning to read, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 7; read yourself: 6 to 10

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 2.1

Age of Child: Read with 6-year-old boy.

Young Reader Reaction: He characterized this as a nice story and requested it a couple of times.

Adult Reader Reaction: Date?! Did someone say "date" around my kids already?! You'll have Simultaneous flash-backs to your own 7th-grade social woes and flash-forwards to where your kid will be in just a few years.

Pros: This is a well-written, readable, accessible story whose underlying lessons about keeping one's commitments are accessible to kids.

Cons: Kids under a certain age, maybe 8, won't really grasp the social implications of a "date" and may not have had the same experiences of proto-romantic rejection that Marvin suffers. Thus, the lesson of the book is transmitted, but the message is muted.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow first, unless your kid happens to be really into monsters and this makes a valuable transition tool.

If You Liked This Book, Try: FARFALLINA & MARCEL   FINKLEHOPPER FROG   DANNY AND THE DINOSAUR GO TO CAMP (I Can Read Book Series, Level 1)

Educational Themes: This is a nice read aloud or read-it-yourself story about keeping one's word. Even if your kid doesn't understand a 'date' s/eh can learn about promises.

Literary Categories: Fiction - family, easy reader series, friendship

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2005

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