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Lily's Lucky Leotard
Lily's Lucky Leotard
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Reviewed Titles Capstone Interactive Accelerated Reader
My First Graphic Novel

Lily's Lucky Leotard

by Cari Meister
Illustrated by Jannie Ho

These books are the perfect introduction to the world of safe, appealing graphic novels. Each story uses familiar topics, repeating patterns, and core vocabulary words appropriate for a beginning reader. Combine the entertaining story with comic book panels, exciting action elements, and bright colors and a safe graphic novel is born. A useful chart will teach the reader how to follow the graphic format, and the discussion questions at the end are the perfect review tool.

GenreSports Fiction
Reading LevelGrades K-2
Interest LevelGrades K-2
Lexile LevelGN390L
ATOS Level1.7
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #127469
PublisherStone Arch Books
BrandMy First Graphic Novel
Page Count32
Capstone Interactive eBook
List Price: $53.32 School/Library Price

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Provo City Library Children's Book Review Blog - CurlyQ

"Lily practices gymnastics every day. She works hard and wants to do her best, especially on the star jump on the balance beam! She starts the day out with a brand-new leotard that she hopes will bring her luck. Will she make the jump? This is a simply written graphic novel created for young readers, perfect for children who are in the later stages of beginning reading as this story contains some more difficult vocabulary, such as "gymnast" and "leotard." Each page has one to three short sentences with the occasional scattered word bubbles. This is a really fun way for a young child to learn to read!" - Provo City Library Children's Book Review Blog

January 23, 2010

Graphic Novel Reporter - Brigid Alverson

"These attractive early readers, featuring simple sports stories and bright, uncluttered illustrations, are an excellent introduction to both comics and sports for young readers. Each book has a very simple story involving a child who likes a sport: A girl wants to play flag football but the boys won’t let her, until they need an extra player at the last minute. A kickball team faces off with older opponents for the big game. The story is broken into simple sentences, and many of the words are repeated: “They practiced kicking. They practiced catching. They practiced running.” The books give basic information about each sport, in words and in pictures, so even children who are new to sports can enjoy them. The stories reinforce the basic values of sports—do your best, and if you don’t succeed, try again. The characters are average kids who must try hard and who don't always win the game, which is probably a good example or a child who is just starting out in sports. Most of the story is told in text boxes next to the pictures, so the books have a picture-book feel to them. They still read like graphic novels, however, because the stories are broken into panels, with typically one to three panels per page, and some of the panels have word balloons and sound effects, just like other comics. The text describes the action, but the pictures add a little more—when a boy goes out for T-Ball, the text boxes tell the reader that he gets a hat, a jersey, and a bat, but the boy also gets a ball and a glove, which are shown in the pictures and described in word balloons. The words and pictures complement each other well. Each 32-page book has only about 20 pages of story, but there are plenty of extras. The books all start out with a two-page spread explaining how to read graphic novels, and there are several educational features in the back—a glossary, writer and illustrator bios, discussion questions, and writing prompts. And just like big-kid comics, they have ads for the other volumes in the back. The last page gives the URL of FactHound, a kid-friendly information site, and instructs the reader to type in the ISBN of the book to get more information about the subject. I tried this for a few books and the results were disappointing. The site linked to information sites intended for adults (Wikipedia, Family Fun), plus books on ballet, baseball, horse riding, and disc golf (the same four books each time). The fact that this idea was not well-executed, however, shouldn’t detract from the books themselves, which are solid, enjoyable sports stories that beginning readers will be able to master on their own." - Graphic Novel Reporter

February 1, 2010

Cari Meister

Cari Meister

Cari Meister has written more than a hundred books for children, including the "Tiny" series (Penguin) and the "Meet the Monsters" series (Stone Arch Books). She has received many awards for her books. Most recently, "Airplane Adventure" (Stone Arch Books), was named to "Parents" magazine Best Books for 2010. Cari has been fascinated by the night sky ever since she can remember. Her love of space and stars led her to Space Camp when she was growing up. Today, Cari lives in the mountains of Colorado, with her husband, four boys, two horses and one dog.

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