|What You Need to Know:
• The Roscoe Riley Rules series is a welcome new addition to the early chapter book category of children's literature,
particularly for boys, but girls will equally enjoy it .
• Roscoe, our protaganist, is a first grade boy.
• Roscoe is reminiscent of Junie B., without the outright brattiness. Parents can relax, no bad behavior modeling here.
Just good, old-fashioned kid stuff.
• Roscoe's trouble is earnest in nature, children will relate to the tricky situations he gets into, but really no naughty
behavior to emulate.
|Sweet Series Background:
Each book begins with Roscoe in a time out, and Roscoe, being the optimist that he is, declares this will be a perfect time to explain to you, the reader, just what happened. Roscoe didn't mean to get in trouble, trouble just kind of follows him. As Roscoe says, "Kids have to follow so many rules! Sometimes my brain forgets to remember them all. It's not like I try to find ways to get in trouble. it's just that trouble has a way of finding me." The stories are chock-full of hilarity and slapstick situations with safe resolutions.
Applegate does a great job with this early chapter book series. I think she really captures the voice of a 6/7 year old, and her classroom scenes are authentic and hilarious! Kids will feel comforted that she is describing what really happens in a first grade classroom and will probably recognize elements of their own classroom. Roscoe's observations at home and in the classroom are witty and dry. Parents can enjoy reading this series aloud to their young reader, as well as newly independent readers will enjoy reading it to themselves. The author, Applegate, has written many, many books for children, including the Animorphs, EverWorld and Remnants series, but Roscoe Riley is her first series for a younger audience.
|Sweet Book Summary:
It's fall, and there is an amazing contest at the local bookstore. Guess the weight of the ginormous pumpkin in the bookstore window, and you win enough books to fill the pumpkin - for your school. Oh, and, you also win enough candy to fill the pumpkin - for yourself. That's all Roscoe needs to hear, let the contest begin! But upon arriving at the book store, Roscoe runs right into a black cat. And if Uncle Ed has taught him anything, you do not want a black cat to cross your path. Readers will learn about estimation, superstition and compromise all while being entertained by this delightful, funny story.
|Author: Katherine Applegate Illustrator: Brian Biggs Published: 2009, 81 pages
Themes: Excellent Read-Aloud, Humor, Animals, Books and Reading, Behavior, Family Life, Adventure, Books for Boys