Grade 2-4–This beginning chapter book delivers the same type of fun as Kerrin's Martin Bridge Ready for Takeoff! (Kids Can, 2005). In the first story, Laila Moffatt shows up for Martin's birthday party a day late. At first Martin is upset that he has to spend time with Laila instead of playing Park Rangers with his best friends, Alex and Stuart. He is surprised when he enjoys throwing water balloons with Laila and loves her present, a Park Ranger Super-Charged All-Night Flashlight! In the second story, Martin forgets his permission slip for a class trip and must spend the day with last year's teacher and his class. The last story features Martin, Alex, and Stuart inadvertently letting the class parakeet escape. The boys make posters and after stealing the wrong Polly from the junior high, the correct Polly is returned. Kelly's full-page and spot cartoon illustrations, drawn with graphite and charcoal and shaded digitally, will support newly independent readers.–Debbie Stewart Hoskins, Grand Rapids Public Library, MI
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Martin’s second outing provides more of what made the first book work so beautifully. Martin Bridge is worth looking out for.
[Delivers the same type of fun as Martin Bridge: Ready for Takeoff