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Katie in the Kitchen
Katie in the Kitchen
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Katie Woo

Katie in the Kitchen

by Fran Manushkin
Illustrated by Tammie Lyon

Katie Woo wanted to help her mom, so she started dinner on her own. She was enjoying her time in the kitchen when she heard a strange noise. Was there a ghost cooking up something too?

GenreRealistic Fiction
Reading LevelGrades K-2
Interest LevelGrades K-2
Lexile Level490L
ATOS Level2
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #134803
PublisherPicture Window Books
BrandKatie Woo
Page Dimensions6" x 9"
Page Count32
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $22.65 School/Library Price

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Quirky Bookworm blog - Jessica Howard

"This early reader is adorable - starring the spunky Katie Woo, who has a whole series of books to her name. . . .Katie in the Kitchen made me chuckle, and I'm pretty sure that early readers would love it. It's broken into three chapters, and has lots of bright, cute illustrations. At the back of the book is a glossary (defining harder words like "confessed" and "hurricane") and then some discussion questions and a recipe for kids to cook on their own, like Katie." - Quirky Bookworm blog

October 10, 2012

Children's Book A Day…Keeps Scary Monster Away! Blog - Ida Joiner

"This is another gem in the Katie Woo series. This lively and entertaining book centers around a young girl Katie who decides to help her mother make dinner while her mother is away. She hears a strange noise and is frightened that there is a ghost in the house. The book is quite eye catching with lots of kid friendly pastel colors of pink, purple, yellow, green, orange, and other colors. The book includes a Table of Contents that contains three chapters: Chapter 1: Helpful Katie; Chapter 2: Cooking Up Trouble; and Chapter 3: The Ghost. The book is a quick read of twenty four pages including About the Author, About the Illustrator, Glossary, Discussion Questions, Writing Prompts, Having Fun with Katie Woo that includes a recipe for Yogurt Parfait for One. Readers are instructed top visit for games, puzzles, heroes, villains, authors, and illustrators! I enjoyed reading this well written and well designed book. I would recommend this book for young girls between kindergarten through second grade! I think it is a nice addition to home, school, and public libraries. Until the next time....Happy Reading!" - Children's Book A Day…Keeps Scary Monster Away! Blog

April 3, 2010

Substitutes, FTW! blog - Veronica Chase

"When I was growing up, it was quite a task to find a book series featuring a female protagonist who was not white. Ramona Quimby, Nancy Drew, the Sweet Valley Twins, 95% of the Babysitter’s Club, etc. were all white. They are wonderful books and children from any race can read and enjoy stories about these characters, but I wondered what young black, Hispanic, Asian, and other races lost when they got few chances to read books about characters that look like them. If any race can read and love Ramona, shouldn’t they all be given the chance to read and relate to a black character, or an Asian one? Why don’t publishers make more of these books? Tough we are aware of the reasons why it’s important for students to read books like this, there is still a paucity of books available that spotlight racially diverse characters. Nevertheless, there are now a lot more options for young readers. I love seeing girls with their noses in books, and I was struck when I saw girls of all races reading two series starring diverse female protagonists: Katie Woo and Dyamonde Daniel . Katie Woo is an award-winning series for young readers. Katie’s series contains short sentences and nice illustrations for students just beginning chapter books. Her covers are as vivid and inviting as her stories! Katie is in first grade and she’s had to deal with the loss of a beloved pet , a bully and lying . I love that likeable series features an Asian protagonist, though it is sadly one of the few I’ve ever seen that does so." - Substitutes, FTW! blog

June 11, 2011


School Library Journal - Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI

"In Best Season Ever, Katie, Pedro, and JoJo debate the merits of the seasons, comparing blooming tulips and puddles to sledding and hot chocolate. They share differences of opinion and learn to accept each others’ views. Katie decides, “All of the seasons are fun when I’m with you.” In Kitchen, Katie decides to help prepare dinner when her mom visits a sick neighbor and her dad is busy working on his car, with humorous and messy results. Katie’s activities will provide opportunities for readers to discuss manners and safety issues within the context of common activities. These books have three short chapters with a large font, plenty of brightly colored picture cues, a suggested activity, discussion questions, and writing prompts. Early readers will enjoy Katie’s antics.–" - School Library Journal

May 1, 2010

Booklist Online - Gillian Engberg

"From picture-book author Manushkin comes a lighthearted chapter-book series about a well-meaning, mischief-prone young girl. In this entry, Katie struggles with a feeling nearly every kid will recognize: “I want to help, but no one will let me.” After her parents turn down her offers to lend a hand while they bring soup to a neighbor and fix the car, Katie decides to make herself useful in the kitchen, where she tries to cook dinner and, predictably, creates a mess of epic proportions. Her parents’ good-humored reaction to Katie’s efforts ends the story on a reassuring note. The evenly paced dialogue and basic vocabulary are well tuned to the interests and abilities of new readers and are nicely extended in Lyon’s colorful, warm paint-and-pencil illustrations. The pictures create engaging characters in Katie and her Asian family, and although their specific ethnicity isn’t mentioned, they bring much-needed diversity to the early-reader shelves. A glossary, discussion questions, and a kid-friendly recipe for yogurt parfaits close this strong start to the Katie Woo series." - Booklist Online

July 14, 2010

Fran Manushkin

Fran Manushkin

Fran Manushkin is the author of many popular picture books, including Baby, Come Out!; Latkes and Applesauce: A Hanukkah Story; The Tushy Book; The Belly Book; and Big Girl Panties. There is a real Katie Woo — she's Fran's great-niece — but she never gets in half the trouble of the Katie Woo in the books. Fran writes on her beloved Mac computer in New York City, without the help of her two naughty cats, Chaim and Goldy.

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