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Author: Drew Freeman

Illustrator: Doublas Hunley

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Publisher: Aardvark Adventure Stories, Inc.

Material: hard cover

Summary: Meet the Jungle Explorer of the Year! How did she do it? Well, she helped Professor Smithers protect the Bwanazaa gorillas. Some people want to put them in the zoo, but that's not where they belong. But traveling in the jungle is very tricky. There are lots of animals, and some of them are dangerous. This is the basic story for an adventure personalized with your child's name.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime, read aloud book, remedial reader

Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 6; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 1 to 5

Age of Child: Read with a seven-year-old boy.

Young Reader Reaction: He liked the story and wanted to read it again.

Adult Reader Reaction: This wasn't my type of book. I was glad that he wanted to read it again; it encourages me to read with him more often.

Pros: As a personalized story, young kids will love to see themselves helping out with the zoo's "wild beasts." Being the hero at the end is a great boost, too.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy this if you are looking for a book that will capture a toddler's heart. The younger the child, the more fun this book will be, as the elements of the story can grow with them.


Educational Themes: Toddlers and preschoolers will benefit from the time shared reading a story together. They may recognize some of the animals, but there is still plenty to talk about, whether its the animals or just exploring the illustrations. This is also a good book to consider for remedial readers, particularly if they have younger siblings.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, adventure, animal characters

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2008

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