Spooky Friends (Scholastic Reader, Level 2)

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Can a vampire and a mummy learn to share?

Scarlet is a feisty little Vampire, and her best friend, Igor, is a roly-poly little Mummy. Together, they star in three humorous, heartwarming stories about two friends who never agree on anything. That is -- until they discover different ideas can become even better ideas when they cooperate!

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Overview


Can a vampire and a mummy learn to share?

Scarlet is a feisty little Vampire, and her best friend, Igor, is a roly-poly little Mummy. Together, they star in three humorous, heartwarming stories about two friends who never agree on anything. That is -- until they discover different ideas can become even better ideas when they cooperate!

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Starred Review: Kirkus Reviews

Vampire Scarlet and mummy Igor are very good friends. "The trouble was, they could never agree on anything." In the first chapter, the two friends' interests rarely mesh. "If Igor wanted to read, Scarlet wanted to sing. If Scarlet wanted to nap, Igor wanted to dance. / When Igor made a tall tower, Scarlet made it short." It comes as no surprise that they want different kinds of sandwiches when it's time for a snack. Alternating shouts for "gooseberry jelly" and "chestnut butter" grow increasingly louder until the friends hit upon the obvious solution. The second chapter finds them heatedly debating what name would be perfect for their pet cat's new kitten. When they discover a litter of eight, all the names they have come up with are put to good use. The final chapter is one of artistic differences. After an art duel that produces colorful shapes and a "tree with branches," they arrange their separate pieces to form a lovely display that has one last blank spot. Readers will cheer when they see how the two buddies have filled it. Feder masterfully employs repetition of the more challenging words throughout the perfectly paced text, while Downing charmingly captures every mercurial emotion in the detailed ballpoint pen, watercolor and digital illustrations. Move over, Frog and Toad, to make room for this delightful new title. (Early reader. 5-8)

School Library Journal

This tale of friendship unfolds in three short stories written with simple phrases and strong dialogue. Youngsters will laugh as "spooky friends" -- Scarlet, a green, pigtailed vampire (complete with pet bat), and Igor, a tubby mummy -- find solutions to their capricious disagreements: "If Igor wanted to read, Scarlet wanted to sing. If Scarlet wanted to nap, Igor wanted to dance." Characters mirror preschoolers' emotional understanding of friendship and each of the stories provides a lighthearted plot as Scarlet and Igor learn that no matter what disagreements ensue, working things out together is even better. Colored font depicts heightened emotions while warm-hued, playful illustrations entertain emerging readers and provide ample context for comprehension and fluency. This is a great selection for those looking for delightful rather than frightful Halloween books, titles on friendship, or general early-reader collections. (Pre-K to Grade 1)

"Move over, Frog and Toad, to make room for this delightful new title." --Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews

"This is a great selection for those looking for delightful rather than frightful Halloween Books, titles on friendship, or general early-reader(s) . . ." --School Library Journal

"Feder's early-reader text addresses experiences that are relatable to children, and it includes useful repetition and age-appropriate vocabulary." --Horn Book Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
This beginner reader book presents three fun stories featuring Scarlet, a green-faced vampire with sharp teeth, and Igor, a rotund mummy with one eye peeking through his wrappings. In the first story, Scarlet and Igor are great friends. Their only problem is that they disagree about everything. Scarlet is "Up" when Igor is "Down." Igor's snowman is short and Scarlet's is tall. The friends separate and play alone until they get hungry. Then Scarlet wants gooseberry-jelly sandwiches and Igor is the mood for chestnut peanut butter between his bread slices. After a shouting match, they agree to combine the ingredients for a tasty solution. In the second story, Cat has kittens. Scarlet and Igor start shouting possible names. By the time they have suggested eight names, Cat comes forward with eight kittens. Scarlet and Igor create pictures in the third story. Scarlet uses crayons while Igor designs with paints. They discover that their individual shapes can be combined into one picture of a house with a tree nearby. A moon and a star shine on the house and on the friends, Scarlet and Igor, beside it. This Level 2 Reading book presents fun stories and engaging characters for developing readers. Part of the "Scarlet and Igor" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—This tale of friendship unfolds in three short stories written with simple phrases and strong dialogue. Youngsters will laugh as "spooky friends"-Scarlet, a green, pigtailed vampire (complete with pet bat), and Igor, a tubby mummy-find solutions to their capricious disagreements: "If Igor wanted to read, Scarlet wanted to sing. If Scarlet wanted to nap, Igor wanted to dance." Characters mirror preschoolers' emotional understanding of friendship and each of the stories provides a lighthearted plot as Scarlet and Igor learn that no matter what disagreements ensue, working things out together is even better. Colored font depicts heightened emotions while warm-hued, playful illustrations entertain emerging readers and provide ample context for comprehension and fluency. This is a great selection for those looking for delightful rather than frightful Halloween books, titles on friendship, or general early-reader collections.—Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545478168
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/30/2013
  • Series: Scholastic Reader Series: Level 2
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 210,611
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 290L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Jane Feder was an elementary school teacher, a children's book editor, and is now an artist's representative. She is also the author of several children's books, including BEANY, an ALA Notable Children's Book, an IRA Children's Choice, and a New York Public Library Book of the Year. She lives in New York City.

Julie Downing is an internationally published author and illustrator. She has illustrated over thirty highly acclaimed books for children. Her work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States and England. She lives in San Francisco, California.

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