Monday, September 1, 2014

The Mess Detectives and The Case of the Lost Temper: I Can Read 1

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Series: I Can Read! / Big Idea Books / VeggieTales
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz (September 2, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031074170X
 In this Level One VeggieTales I Can Read, The Mess Detectives and the Case of the Lost Temper, Detectives Bob and Larry are on the lookout for the Masked Door Slammer. But when things don’t go the way Bob wants, he gets upset. Can he learn a little self control?

My Thoughts: 

"The Mess Detectives and the Case of the Lost Temper" by Karen Poth is an "I Can Read" level one book for early readers. These books are perfect for your new and emergent reader. Karen has done us proud yet again with a book has everything you would look for in a level one book: simple sentences to help build vocabulary and reinforce already acquired familiar words, coupled with simple concepts (anger, foolishness) that young children can easily recognize, yet still be challenged.

My son loved the bold, vivid colors in the illustrations that really brought this story to life.Plus, the characters look just like they do in the movies, which is an added bonus.  Bob and Larry's expressions really conveyed what the author was trying to get across without reading the pages.  The large print word make it easy for readers to see each letter and use their hand to guide them as they pronounce the word.

Like all the Vegie Tales books the gospel is tied into the story. In this case the message of the story was tied into Proverbs and keeping control of your anger.  Something we all can be reminded of at any age. The one thing I really disliked about this book was that it did not give any suggestions or strategies to kids on how to control their anger and calm down when you start to feel upset. I felt shorted out of actual application to life. I didn't expect full blown theology, but some useful examples such as Larry mentioning that Bob should pray, take some deep breathes, remove himself from the situation, walk away etc would have been nice to see tied into the story.

About Karen Poth:

Throughout her career, Karen Poth has held various positions in the Children's Entertainment Industry including Vice President of Design at Big Idea/VeggieTales, Product Developer at Walt Disney World, CCO of SpringSprang Studio, and Kid's Innovation Strategist at Hallmark Cards. She holds a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri. She lives with her husband and seven-year-old son in Lenexa, KS.

I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The BookLook Review Crew.
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