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Friday, May 6, 2011

TOS Review :Andi's Scary School Days

You might already be familiar with the Circle C Adventure series for ages 9-14 by Susan K Marlow. Now, there is a brand new series for readers ages 6-8 called Circle C Beginnings. In this series, readers can get to know Andi, her baby horse Taffy, and their friends and family on Circle C Ranch in 1874. There are 4 books in the series: Andi's Pony Trouble, Andi's Indian Summer, Andi's Fair Surprise, Andi's Scary School Days, Andi's Lonely Little Foal (coming Aug 2011) and Andi's Circle C Christmas (coming Aug 2011.) Each paperback book is $4.99. I received Andi's Scary School Days from Kregel Publications to read and review.
6 year old Andi wants no part of school. She would much rather stay on the ranch all day then have to wear dresses, sit still, and obey all the rules at school. She even has to sit across from a boy who throws dead flies at her. Andi was never afraid of anything before but she does not like being stuck at school and getting punished. She is leaving and not going back.

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I have to admit that I was afraid the boys were going to think this book was too girlie, especially since the main character is a girl. But, once I started reading it aloud I realized this would not be a problem at all. Even though the main character is a girl, her best friend Cory is a boy and this is a book that will appeal to both boys and girls. Anthony and Christian were playing quietly on the floor the first day I read and everything came to a halt when Andi pulled a rattlesnake rattle out of her pocket. They all had to come over and see the illustration. From that moment on they all were hooked. Even Chelsea (14) really enjoyed hearing the story. I caught Nick (9) reading ahead after I stopped for the day because he wanted to see what happened next. Christian "read" the book after me. He loved looking at the pictures.
The story was very enjoyable to read and the illustrations were beautiful! We LOVED the free coloring pages and activities that went along with the story. I definitely would recommend this series and look forward to reading more of them.

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I received a complimentary copy of Andi's Scary School Days for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review. I received no other compensation.

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