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School Library Journal
Henry, the mouse introduced in First Grade, Here I Come (Viking, 2006), likes everything about school except reading. He pretends to think that reading is "boring" and "dumb," but when confronted by his nurturing teacher, he admits that "words and letters just don't make any sense." After receiving extra help at school and home, Henry deciphers words, simple sentences, and, to his surprise, a library book. Carlson's appealing illustrations are rendered in her trademark style with bold colors and rich patterns. The art conveys humor, such as when Henry wears a cheese-patterned shirt. Many children will identify with him. However, the resolution is not totally believable: his transition from assisted reading to flying solo seems too quick and too smooth. Nevertheless, this title will reassure struggling readers and their parents.
—Barbara KatzCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.