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TOON LEVEL: 1
INTEREST LEVEL: Age 3+
READING LEVEL: Grades K-1
GUIDED READING LEVEL:TBA
AUTHOR: Ivan Brunetti
DIMENSIONS: 9" x 6"
RELEASE DATE: May 2, 2017
About the Book
★★★ "Throughout, humorous digitally colored cartoon illustrations provide context clues for readers decoding the compound-word-rich text. The use of panels in the well-designed spreads makes it easy to follow the engaging, sequential illustrations. Praiseworthy!"
--Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW
★★★ "An amusing language arts lesson in a comic book format, perfect for individual or small group sharing. What's not to love?"
--School Library Journal STARRED REVIEW
"Brunetti buoyantly conveys the joy of diving into newly acquired knowledge and the idea that learning and play aren’t mutually exclusive."
"This playful graphic novel for early readers offers an entertaining lesson in some quirks of the English language."
"A Sly Spin on Vocabulary. Have you ever seen a home work? A dog with a watch? You will with this funny introduction to compound words."
"The grammar lesson takes full advantage of the illustrated format by showing, for example, what a kid might imagine when hearing 'housework', with a house dusting. As the students think of more compound words, we’re shown multiple levels of language meaning. That also explains the terrific title."
--Comics Worth Reading
"This book is a welcome and entertaining addition to the usual dry readers on compound words."
--Youth Services Book Review
"Brunetti humorously encourages kindergarten and first-grade readers to see the meanings behind more complex words that they are just learning."
--AmoXcalli: Fred Patten Reviews
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About the Author
Ivan Brunetti has published several graphic novels and taught courses on editorial illustration and comics at the University of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago. His drawings have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and McSweeney's, among other publications, and he served as editor for Yale University Press's two-volume Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories.