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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

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Lexile Measure: 600L (What's this?)
  • Series: Martin Bridge
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553376897
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553376897
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,971,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
"Martin Bridge: On The Lookout!"
Written by Jessica Scott Kerrin
Illustrated by Joseph Kelly
(Kids Can Press, 2005)
Great stories for younger readers - slice-of-life stuff on the same level as the Beverly Cleary and Joanna Hurwitz books.

The Martin Bridge series features an appealing main character, Martin, a young boy (maybe age 8-10-ish) who is emotionally complex and refreshingly flawed. Although he's basically a nice kid, Martin is frequently grouchy and petulant, jealous of other kids or impatient or combative, but in each of these short stories, he usually figures out a better way to deal with his feelings. Sometimes there's a big, lightbulb-going-off change of heart moment, other times the change is more subtle, but always it feels pretty true to life. Author Jessica Scott Kerrin brings a light touch and a distinctly female perspective to these stories, that of a woman who's spent a lot of time with young boys, knows what makes them tick, and loves 'em anyway. Martin's mother is protective but patient, giving gentle course corrections, but mostly lets her son work things out on his own.

The emphasis on emotions, and in particular on normal, everyday negative emotions makes this series valuable - it helps kids recognize and accept our less-than-perfect human nature while also giving a sense of how we can better ourselves. However, the tone isn't noxiously goodie-two-shoes or fake. We enjoyed these books a lot and had several interesting conversations about Martin's behavior and how he'd solve various problems. Recommended reading! (Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain children's book reviews)
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