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PreSchool-Grade 2?Young readers will be sympathetic to this endearing puppy's nighttime routine: wanting a snack, a drink, a hug and a kiss; hearing a story; getting his blanket and doll; and being tucked in. In fact, just like young audiences, Biscuit wants some of these rituals performed twice. This bedtime drama is simplified by clear, large pictures, oodles of contextual clues, simple sentence structure, and repetitive words and phrases. An appealing choice for just-beginning readers.?Gale W. Sherman, Pocatello Public Library, ID
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Gr. K^-1. Part of the My First I Can Read Book series, this very simple book introduces a puppy named Biscuit, who is small and yellow and makes his needs known by barking, "Woof! Woof!" At least his young owner thinks she can interpret his barks, but sometimes Biscuit has his own ideas. This does just what it's supposed to--it offers an appealing story with a minimum of words that will encourage new readers. The very simple, good-size pictures depict the heart of the action. A sweet entry to reading. Ilene Cooper --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: 190L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (January 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064442128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064442121
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Heather Harpel on February 22, 2002
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My daughter is in first grade, and really struggles with reading. So I ordered Biscuit and Bathtime for Biscuit and both books have really helped her. The words are simple and repetitive, she was able to read the books with a little help. The story of Biscuit is interesting to her and the pictures are cute. My daughter likes to read about the little girl trying to get Biscuit to bed, and every time she reads it her reading skills improve.
This book is a five star hands down, I am looking forward to ordering more My First I Can Read books by Alyssa Satin Capucilli.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael on September 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
Biscuit is a cute "small, yellow puppy" owned by an equally adorable 3 to 6 year-old, auburn-haired girl. Most of this 21-page book is in the following format:

Time for bed, Biscuit!
Woof, woof!
Biscuit wants ...

What does Biscuit want? Well, he wants "to play, a snack, a drink, to hear a story, his blanket, his doll, a hug, a kiss, a light on, to be tucked in, one more kiss, one more hug, and to curl up." Thirty-five simple words are introduced and many are used over and over again so that the text eventually averages a little more than six words per page. This warm, comforting story is perfect for a child who has just started to learn to read.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 1998
Format: Paperback
We bought this book for our daughter the year before she started Kindergarten, in hopes that it would help to get her started with reading. And it indeed turned out to be one of the first books she was able to read alone. She is in first grade now, and her reading level has progressed well beyond Biscuit. But we have found renewed life for the book with our one year old baby. He loves Biscuit. It is his favorite bedtime story, and he never tires of hearing it. The delightful story of the little yellow dog who finds excuse after excuse not to go to bed will enchant your children, from infancy to elementary school.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 1998
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My two year-old cannot get enough of this book. It has just the right amount of text per page to hold her interest and enough repetition on the theme (getting Biscuit to go to bed) that she gets really tickled when she can tell me what comes next for Biscuit on each page.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
The world contains a variety of easy reader books. Of these, most are pure drivel, some are fine but not terribly imaginative, and a very scant few, but the few that count, are remarkably witty for their simple constructions. "Biscuit" falls into the middle category. It's not going to knock your socks off or even surprise you any. But it contains what may well be one of the most adorable puppies ever to grace an "I Can Read Book". Reviewing "Biscuit" is difficult, if only because it's hardly any more sophisticated than those mind-numbingly dull "Spot" books by Eric Hill. So the verdict is, as I see it, that if you've found that your child adores reading "Biscuit" books (and there is quite a series of them out there) you could undoubtedly suffer a worse fate in life. It's a rather sweet story.

Meet Biscuit. A puppy with pretensions of wide-awakefullness. As a little girl attempts to cajole her pup into bed, Biscuit (by mere woofing alone) comes up with a long list of demands. A snack, a drink, a story, and several other requests later, Biscuit is alone in bed but isn't sleepy in the least. So he high-tails it up to bed to tug on his mistress's bed sheets. Then, just as she peeks over, he snuggles down for a good night's rest.

Like so many other books, this story takes an animal and places it in a situation that children will be familiar with the world over. Now, illustrator Pat Schories's pictures are very cute, yes. And author Alyssa Satin Capucilli's words are simple and easy for children to understand. But allow me to point out that the lesson taught in this tale was done in a far more amusing and (dare I say) adorable manner with Shelley Moore Thomas's easy reader book, "Good Night, Good Knight". Not that the two books are mutually exclusive.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Koppel on September 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is the first Biscuit book, wherein we meet the small yellow puppy and the-girl-in-purple-sneakers. It is bedtime but Biscuit, like many children, does not want to go to bed. Instead, he wants to play, snack, drink, get hugged, have a blanket, etc.
Many parents will recognize what Biscuit is doing, avoiding sleep and getting more "mommy time." But in the end, what Biscuit winds up with is to be asleep but not in his own bed, but near the little girl.
Adorable illustrations really make this a fun book for children (sometimes I have my daughter read Biscuit's part, "Woof, woof!"). A great book. Read them all.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ulyyf on April 3, 2005
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Very simple, very repetitive (This is Biscuit. Biscuit is small. Biscuit is yellow. Every page includes the word Biscuit, so you either memorize the spelling or the meaning, or both). Perfect for kids in either age range. The only problem with the repetitiveness is that, well, it is repetitive. And without a rhyme or rhythm to hold you through, you might get bored reading it. So I wouldn't advise buying it unless you know you can sit through reading it again and again (or think your kid won't want to read it again and again, though that defeats the purpose of book buying)
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