Cazet, D. (2005). Minnie and Moo: The Case of the Missing Jelly Donut. New York: HaperCollins.
When Minnie’s jelly donut goes missing, Moo is certain that something suspicious has happened. The only clue that they have is a blue feather, sending Minnie and Moo on a goose chase, or rather a chicken chase, to figure out who stole Minnie’s donut.
This fun, silly, and humorous book will captivate young readers learning to read. The story is engaging and entertaining, and the characters are funny and likeable. It is a great beginner book for young readers who like animals and, of course, jelly donuts.
This book gets a 4.5 out of 5!
Howe, J., & Gay, M-L. (illustrator). (2006). Hounsdley and Catina. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press.
Houndsley and Catina are best friends. Catina wants to be the best writer in the world, and Houndsley enters a cook off to win a new set of pots and pans. Together, Houndsley and Catina learn that some things are more important than fame and winning.
For a levelled reader, this story is engaging and interesting, offering complex themes for young readers in a palatable way. As always, Gay’s illustrations are lovely and help to advance the story.
Any young reader beginning to read will find something enjoyable in this story. An added bonus is that this book is part of a series. I would give this book a 4.5 out of 5.