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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 230L (What's this?)
  • Series: Boris (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (April 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545484421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545484428
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,713,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 1-3-Boris is an energetic character who longs for adventure, just like those his parents had before they turned their old bus into a house. One day they take him on an adventure of his own. Disappointed at first that it's only to another part of their town, he soon realizes that adventures can happen anywhere-even in his own backyard. This is a fun easy reader book with great full-color cartoons, brief text in large print, and likable characters. A bonus page gives instructions for making a compass, leading to a great interactive experience. Stranger Things has a bit more text and fewer illustrations. Ed feels that he does not have any interesting traits or talents; he is simply an extremely normal boy. However, he has no idea just what is in store for him when he finds a coin that says "strange, stranger." Soon everything is erupting into chaos, from his sister's food train turning into an actual moving train at the dinner table to a friend being able to turn his head completely around. Are these strange happenings trying to send Ed a message? This is a silly book that will pull kids in with the goofy plot and the fun black-and-white illustrations. The truly strange thing about this book is that it references Albert Camus's The Stranger, an odd choice for this audience. These books should be considered for larger libraries wanting to enhance their easy-reader collections.-Elizabeth Swistock, Orange County Public Library, VAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Meet Boris, an anthropomorphized warthog who dreams of adventure. He longs to travel and perform acts of derring-do, just like Captain Clive, the hero of his favorite book. He lives in a bus with his parents in Greater Hogg Bay, but the bus never goes anywhere, and neither does Boris. Until one day, it does. Part of Scholastic’s new Branches line, this aims to fill the gap between leveled readers and chapter books by combining elements of the two formats, with heavily illustrated pages supporting a simple and direct plot. There is even a comic-book element, as all dialogue is presented in speech bubbles. Readers won’t be aware that they are being gently guided between reading levels, but they will certainly enjoy this tale of wanderlust. Boris is a relatable fellow, and the disconnect between his idea of adventure and his parents’ is amusingly communicated by the illustrations. Look for three more Boris books, which are Australian imports, to be published in the U.S. by the end of the year. Grades K-2. --Kara Dean

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HappyReader on April 30, 2013
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I have a first grader who reads pretty well but has poor reading stamina. I purchased this based on the Scholastic "Branches" division press, and I'm very pleased. It totally lives up to the press about it! My son read it easily in two short sittings, and when I asked him what he thought of it, he said, "I love it!" He did not request that I alternate reading pages with him and kept going past the first chapter break without a pause---two things that generally happen with wordier early chapter readers.

The story is light and funny. The illustrations are engaging. The text is clear and brief but not an "easy reader". It truly is on a little higher level. This is a perfect find for the K-2 reluctant or low-stamina reading set. I think Scholastic is releasing two series (the other is Looniverse) in the Branches division aimed at boys and two more aimed at girls.

Another great find in this style is the Mercy Watson (DiCamillo) series, and we've had good success with the Binky Adventures (Spires) as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Evaska on October 21, 2013
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My five-year-old son loved the book so much that he *kissed* the cover repeatedly. We read a lot every day---I mean, a lot---but this has never happened before. He can't wait for me to get the next two books in the series. And what I appreciate is the transition this book provides between early readers and chapter books. Even though he doesn't read on his own yet, we had a chance to learn what a chapter is, and how the story flows. The book also allows early readers to learn to distinguish between various kinds of interaction between text and illustration, including thought/dream clouds, speech balloons, etc. Joyner does a great job of illustrating Boris's emotional states, too, and we had a good time narrativizing how Boris felt at various moments when illustrations stood in place of text. Great, great, great----and I hope the series doesn't stop at #4.
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By Melissa Sack VINE VOICE on May 8, 2014
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Boris dreams of seeing the world and going on adventures. He think that he will get his chance when his parents take him on a road trip. He is hopping to go to Africa but it tunes out they’re just headed to the local park. Boris is disappointed at first but learns to enjoy it! This book is perfect for those children that are just starting to read chapter books. The chapters are short and the illustrations add a lot to the story.
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