A First Chapter Book
By Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, published 2010
“Bink,” said Gollie, “the brightness of those socks pains me. I beg you not to purchase them.” “I love socks,” said Bink. “Some socks are more lovable than others,” said Gollie.”
This particular children’s book attracted me because I’ve loved everything Kate DiCamillo has written for older children. And I love this book as well, perhaps because it is really quirky and perfect as a first chapter book. It’s almost as if the author shows us that just because children are new to reading they don’t need to be patronized. There is nothing boring or patronizing about this very, very, simple and easy to read book. When there are bigger words, the character asks what they mean.
The sentences are short, and there are lots of illustrations to keep a young reader interested. Yet the stories are complete and fun. It’s basically a fun read, with a hidden agenda- to help young readers read independently. I have to admit I laughed most of the way through the book because the language was so simply structured that it was actually humorous, as are the characters. This is one children’s book I’m definitely recommending to our school librarian.
Perfect as a read-aloud, even better as an independent read for five to eight-year-olds. There are a number of sequel books to this that appear to be as easy to read, and probably worth exploring.