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Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: Ages 7 to 10.
Young readers will thoroughly enjoy this collection of humorous rhyming stories. Each of these six stories is entertaining as well as educational. At the end of three of the stories there is an interview with the main character where readers can learn facts about the poem's topic. For example, in "Cecil Goes Spelunking," Cecil looks for his missing puppy in a dark cave. During the interview piece, Cecil answers questions and shares safety advice about cave exploration. "Polly Palooka" is a witty poem about a mean girl who teases and taunts the other kids. After this story there is a "bully bulletin" that provides advice for dealing with bullies. Each kid-friendly story is extremely engaging and the passage that follows are easy to read and informative. There are small black-and-white drawings scattered throughout the book. Reviewer: Denise Daley