From the Publisher
Praise for Owl Diaries #1:
"Bright and colorful digital illustrations, large type, frequent speech bubbles and a familiar story make this accessible to emerging readers.
This series promises to fill a niche for [new readers.] Keep flapping, Eva!" -- Kirkus
"Appealing visuals (the text and art are set against the lined pages of Eva's diary), punny dialogue, a few pratfalls, and Eva's unflagging enthusiasm make for lively reading." -- Publishers Weekly
"This early chapter book is a nice step between first readers and series such as Barbara Parks's 'Junie B. Jones' and Mary Pope Osborne's 'Magic Tree House.'" -- School Library Journal
"The colorful, adorable illustrations will be irresistible to young readers. The simple text interspersed with speech bubble dialogue will engage beginning and intermediate readers alike. This appealing chapter book will be a nice addition to a library's young reader section." -- Library Media Connection
Praise for Branches books:
"Plenty of drawings assist readers with plot development." -- School Library Journal
"A nice stepping stone to more advanced chapter books." -- Booklist
Children's Literature - Sarah Hellman
This heartfelt book highlights a friendship struggle that most young readers face. Eva has a strong desire to befriend Hailey, the new owl coming to her school. As she tries to form a friendship with Hailey, she neglects her long-standing friendship with her best friend Lucy. In the midst of this whole situation, Eva is forced to deal with a classmate who criticizes her appearance and status. In the end, Eva, Lucy, and Hailey, become friends; and Eva learns the importance of forming new friendships while maintaining older ones. Most importantly, all the characters learn when it comes to friends, the more the merrier! This book is written in diary format, with short sentences and pictures to correspond with the story plot. The pictures highlight the main events from the story and allow the reader to monitor for meaning and envision the text. Elliott does a nice job creating emotion, feeling, and developing the characters while keeping the book accessible for first and second grade girls. This book would be great for students ready for early chapter books. Feeling left out is a problem that young students face on a regular basis. The main character Eva, does not initially realize she is hurting Lucy’s feelingsa situation a lot of young children can relate to, and learn from. The characters in this “Owl Diaries” series book are relatable and fun-loving. Reviewer: Sarah Hellman; Ages 5 to 7.