Kid Review – Rascal’s Trip – early reader chapter book

About the Book

Book: Bandana Acres: Rascal’s Trip

Author: Kathy J. Perry

Genre: Early Reader Chapter Book

Release date: May 1, 2018

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Oh, no! Why didnt I wait?

Rascal the raccoon is sorry he ignored the warning signs He’s surprised by a whirlwind and he’s taken for the ride of his life. Now it’s up to the Bandana Buddies to help him learn the importance of thinking ahead. Can he stay out of trouble long enough to get back home?

Former teacher, Kathy J Perry has developed this series is for kids to enjoy as they bridge the gap between picture and chapter books. Or, read aloud to the younger. With an easy-to-read font, original watercolor illustrations, the series also packs additional educational helps: a glossary and a “What If” page to help readers think about what they’ve read.

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My Review

Perry, Kathy J. Rascal’s Trip. Kansas City, MO: Chickadee Words, 2018.

It can be hard to find books appropriate for “advanced” readers when they are in the lower elementary grades. It can also be a challenge to find books for older elementary students who struggle. Kathy J. Perry has created a series that is perfect for those groups of kids. 

In Rascal’s Trip there are no human characters – just animals. Other books have human characters but not this one. Ollie (a dog) returns from a previous book in the series. Readers are introduced to Rascal (a raccoon) and Jasper (a rabbit) in this book. 

Rascal learns a lesson about consequences to actions that all children need to learn. He doesn’t think ahead to the consequences of his actions until it is almost too late – sounds like a lot of children doesn’t it. 

Kathy Perry shows that she knows her audience in providing an interesting text with a reading level appropriate for the audience. She also knows the behavior patterns of this age group and is able to mimic them in her animal characters. 

Perry closes the book with a glossary and discussion questions making this a great title for a book club or even a classroom “reading group.”

I look forward to reading more of the titles in the Bandana Acres series by Kathy J. Perry. 

Rascal’s Trip and the other books in the Bandana Acres series would be a great addition to the leveled reader section or early chapter book section of a K-12 Christian school library.I received a complimentary copy of Rascal’s Trip. This is my honest review.

About the Author – Kathy J. Perry

After the passing of my parents, I re-evaluated what I was doing with my life and my contribution to others. A former classroom teacher and homeschool mom, I’ve always had a heart for educating kids.

In 2016 my daughter and I attended a local arts and crafts fair where I stumbled upon some cute children’s art and thought, “That’s what I can do! Write children’s books.”

I set my mission. I would do my best to affect our youth through wonderful stories full of timeless character struggles.

More from Kathy Perry

Even with short attention spans, kids learn to think ahead through consequences. As they mature, they understand that their decisions have a direct bearing on the results.

Rascal, a young raccoon, knows it’s about time to go home, but he stretches his exploring time just a few minutes longer. Too long. Suddenly, a storm pops up and a whirlwind whisks him away to the top of a tall pine tree. Now lost, he gets in even more trouble as he tries to find his way home. Through several mishaps, he eventually learns that he must think ahead BEFORE he decides and earns a green bandana to wear as a reminder.

Special things about this book (and series) include:

  1. Proven easy-to-read font for early readers (Sassoon Primary)
  2. In full-color with original watercolor artwork.
  3. Leveled by Lexile and Fountas & Pinnell (F&P) for dialing in to your child’s reading level.
  4. Red words are the character’s inside thoughts (rather than italics, which I thought would be harder to read). Kids enjoy the color. In fact, struggling readers love to read just the colored parts to start – and then want to continue reading! (Each book has its own color for this.)
  5. A glossary of newer words with definitions.
  6. A “What If” section for discussion with five questions about the story, and five questions of how the theme plays out in real life. (Parents and teachers love these books!)
  7. Rascal’s Trip is available in hardcover and softcover.

Help your kids learn to read with this fun story and cute watercolor illustrations. This early reader chapter book is perfect for ages 5-8 and can usually be read alone by 2nd or 3rd grades.

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Kathy is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card, a softcover copy of the book, digital artwork with motivational phrases, and a custom Hoo-Rag (better bandana), covered with artwork from the Bandana Acres series!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/116b5/bandana-acres-rascal-s-trip-celebration-tour-giveaway

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