Boris Gets a Lizard (Boris Series #2)

Boris Gets a Lizard (Boris Series #2)

by Andrew Joyner
     
 

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For a curious warthog like Boris, adventure is always just around the corner!

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches

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For a curious warthog like Boris, adventure is always just around the corner!

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

Boris loves pets! And he already has lots of them. All he's missing is his favorite animal, a Komodo dragon--the biggest lizard in the world!

When Boris brags to the kids in his class that he's getting one, everyone wants to see it. Boris needs to come up with a plan...fast. Luckily, he's got his friends by his side and a lizard up his sleeve!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Joyner moves effortlessly between small written sections and big illustrations with comic style text. Really gorgeous...But above all, they're just ridiculously fun boy books."
--Elizabeth Bird, New York Public Library
Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Boris lives with his mom and dad in an old bus with added amenities that make it into a permanent abode. Boris dreams of big adventures and he loves animals. He has lots of pets, including Lion the cat, Frank the sheep, and Quince the duck. But he does not have the pet he really wants—a Komodo dragon. He talks about Komodo dragons constantly and does all his school projects on them, but Komodo dragons live in Indonesia, a long way from Hogg Bay. One day, Boris's dad suggests they could visit a dragon at the zoo. This gives Boris an idea. He writes a letter to the zoo keeper asking if the Komodo dragon can come for a visit. He is very disappointed when the zoo keeper writes back to explain that the dragon does not take vacations. Then Boris discovers tickets to the zoo are enclosed with the letter. His parents and two friends get to see the Komodo dragon and meet the zoo keeper. The cartoonlike illustrations depict the characters as likable warthogs with distinctive personalities. Includes directions for making a lizard puppet from a sock. A fun read alone book for newly independent readers. Part of the "Adventures with Boris" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
Kirkus Reviews
Boris, an ugly but somehow truly winsome warthog, is back for another outing. Formatted like an early chapter book rather than in the typical, larger early-reader configuration, this effort is intended for a rather young audience, with just a sentence or two at most of fairly simple, large-print text per page and ample full-color, cartoonlike illustrations. Though he already has lots of pets, Boris is determined to get himself a Komodo dragon. Does it matter to him that these oversized lizards might not make good pets since they have sharp teeth and poisonous spit? Not at all. When his parents don't provide the desired pet, he hatches a scheme to get the local zoo to bring theirs to his house for a vacation. Certain it must be coming, he invites his entire class to stop by to see it. When the zoo demurs, Boris has to think fast--and substitutes a tiny skink and a good story. For a warthog with only a handful of facial expressions, Boris conveys a lot of emotion with expressive body language. He encounters situations that readers will recognize and identify with, and they just possibly will laugh out loud at his creative solution. A fun romp with an anthropomorphized swine will leave beginning readers "hog wild" at their accomplishments. (Early reader. 5-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545484473
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
05/28/2013
Series:
Boris Series , #2
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
139,371
Product dimensions:
12.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
320L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

Meet the Author


Andrew Joyner is an illustrator and cartoonist published internationally in newspapers and magazines including THE SUNDAY AGE, THE AGE, SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, SUN-HERALD, SOUTH CHINA MONRING POST, and READER'S DIGEST. He has illustrated books by humorists Ross Campbell and Wendy Harmer. THE TERRIBLE PLOP was his first picture book and most recently, he has produced a series of chapter books featuring Boris, a loveable warthog. He lives in Strathalbyn, South Australia.

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