April 24, 2009

Badger’s Fancy Meal by Keiko Kasza

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 1:23 am by suebe2


Badger’s Fancy Meal (AR 2. 6 )


by Keiko Kasza

G.P. Putnam’s Sons


Faced with the usual meal choices, Badger just can’t work up an apetite.  Sure, he has food to eat, but he just needs something new.  Something fancy.  So off he goes in search of a delectable meal.

First, he finds Mole, the perfect ingredient for a taco, in Badger’s opinon.  Mole manages to escape to a nearby hole and is soon joined by rat and then rabbit.  Inside the hole, the trio finds a pile of tasty food.  The three are grateful for the fancy meal and leave a thank you note for their unwitting host.

Young readers will love Kasza’s illustrations as much as the story.  “Hidden” illustrations revealed on the left hand side of various spreads let the reader see what is going on elsewhere while Badger is busy hunting for an exciting meal.  Readers are thus challenged to figure out the facts that elude Badger until the very end.

This fun story would make a good piece for shared reading but probably would not make the best bed time book if readers laugh themselves into alertness and demand to look at the illustrations again so that they can search for the clues. 



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