Saturday, December 2, 2017

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam Up, up and away! by Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton

This is my third post in recent days about easy chapter books and here is another winner.

Mo Willems  “I only write 49 percent of the book and the audience puts in the rest,”

This mindset will help a young reader when beginning Shifty McGiffy and Slippery Sam - Up, up and Away!  This is one book in a set of seven from the brilliant publisher Nosy Crow and it is not the first.  There are also picture books about these characters. You can begin with this book as it does stand alone.

If you enjoyed any books from the Dixie O'Day series then this is the perfect book for you to pick up next.  There are three little stories in this book :

  • Up, up and away!
  • To Catch a thief
  • The Mystery Parcel

In the first story our heroes have entered a race across the countryside.  They are driving their Bakemobile. Lots of their friends are also in the race which should be fun but then a serious rival arrives.  Red Rocket is driving a tank and he is well known for his cheating ways.  Our heroes do win on the day but not in the way you might expect.  This is a story to warm your heart and show genuine kindness in action.  

Tracy Corderoy has some excellent easy chapter books.  The Hubble Bubble titles are very popular in my school library. I have plan to read some of the earlier books about Shifty McGifty and his friend Slippery Sam.  My local library has two from the series so watch this space.  You can see one book here on Bookaboo.  In these books there is also plenty of cake to enjoy too and joyous colour illustrations by Steven Lenton.

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