Jaguar Attack! P.

INFO:  Parsons, John.  Jaguar Attack.  P.  2000.

DESC:   This tells the story of a team of scientists traveling down a river in South America.  Although a jaguar attack is part of the story, the book mainly deals with the devastation of natural areas.

TAGS: Highland Park, P, Global Warming, Expeditions, South America, Scientists, Animals.


The Littles. M.

INFO: Peterson, John. The Littles. M. 1967.

DESC: Tiny people live in the walls of the houses of bigger people, and eat all of their stuff, and make everything they need from things they steal! But, it’s not all so one-sided: they also repair the electricity for the bigger people. In this first installment in the Littles empire, the Biggs (resident Big People) are going out of town for some months, and the Littles brace themselves (all with different opinions) to handle the sub-letters. While the gimmick of miniature people with (inexplicably!) long, furry mouse-tails is definitely enough to hold the attention of many of our kiddos, it also leaves behind it a rather inane plotline and dated narrative style. Still, if tiny people hold their attention and fancy – go for it, and nevermind the rest!

TAGS: tiny people, stealing, thievery, sizeism, classic literature, adventures, realistic fantasy, fantasy, mice or men?!, fiction, chapter

Paul Bunyan. M.

INFO: Byrd, Robert. Paul Bunyan. M. 1998.

DESC: This charming rendition of the (invented? who knew!) folk-tale of Paul Bunyan is a must for capturing difficult-to-impress readers. The outlandishness of Paul’s feats make this book a fresh take on a familiar tale – and the suspense of turning the page to see what gigantic, huge things Paul will take on next help scaffold readers. Paul Bunyan has surprisingly little text-per-page for a level M book – it reads more like a K or an L, making it a good transition piece for readers ready to take on more complicated vocabulary and non-repetitive, unique plotlines and themes.

TAGS: folktales, tall tales, lumberjacks, paul bunyan, ridiculous feats, blue oxen, adventures, M, easy reader, easy read, fiction, fable