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“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island.”
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.