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Author: Nadja Spiegelman

Illustrator: Trade Loeffler

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Publisher: Little Lit Library, a Division of RAW Junior, LLC,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Once again, Zig has failed to turn in his homework. He is the only alien not to turn in a pet for the class zoo. When he and Wikki land on earth, they spot a fly and are determined to make that their pet for the zoo. But then they spot a dragonfly ... and then a frog ... and then a raccoon. Just how will they get that raccoon on board their spaceship? This is an illustrated chapter book in graphic novel format.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, learning to read, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 9; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 6 to 9

Reading Level: 2.3

Age of Child: Read by a 9-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter loved this book and re-read it several times. The first time through she was mostly interested in the story. In subsequent readings she focused on the boxes with facts about the various insects and animals. Then she made the "food chain" connections about what eats what.

Adult Reader Reaction: Toon Books are fun to read and enjoyable to share, though I have to admit I particularly like watching my daughter pull out pieces and talk about them excitedly. There are several layers to Zig and Wikki, and I like the addition of science content.

Pros: Colorful illustrations, moderate text, and two silly aliens will build readers confidence as they enjoy Zig and Wikki.

Cons: None, really. There are additional activities online, but it takes a really long time to load them.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. These are fun, sturdy books that will get lots of reading.


Educational Themes: This is meant to be a book to help new readers. There are interesting facts about flies, dragonflies, frogs, and raccoons in the story itself as well as at the end.

Notes: This publisher sent a copy of this book as part of the 2010 Children's and Young Adult Bloggers Literary Award (Cybils) process. This review is not intended to represent the opinions of the Cybils. The book will be donated to a reader in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - graphic novel, easy reader series, nature

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2010

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