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On the Dog (Andrew Lost #1) Paperback – May 28, 2002
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1) The dialogue is stilted with too many exclamation points and the sentences are artificially choppy. I understand the length of the sentences has to be short due to the target audience's reading level, but there should be more attention paid to the quality of the sentences.
2) The scientific facts included in the book are top-notch. Judith Greenburg did yeoman work in researching her facts. Unfortunately, much of the science is lost due to frantic action scenes and the choppy dialogue mentioned above.
3) One of the supporting characters is a robot named Thudd. Thudd speaks like a 2-year old. Thudd makes the diction used by Junie B. Jones appear to be of a collegiate level. When reading a book aloud to 2nd graders, I don't expect to have to explain what a character is saying because the character is talking like a baby.
I strongly disliked this book.
My 7 year-old son liked it a lot.
The bottom line is that it's more important for my 7 year-old to like what he's reading than it is for me to like it. I'll let my son read these at home, but I won't be using them in my classroom.
One suggestion is to purchase them in sets because although the stories are self-contained, there are aspects of them that are connected. For example the first fours books (1-4) deal with adventures involving a shrinking machine, the second set (5-8) deal with underwater pursuits.
So first, the bad: The story line was not my favorite and, as an adult reader, there are just way too many exclamation points for me to read. No one's that excited!!! Also much of the dialogue drove me nuts...why a robot who knows everything talks like a caveman is beyond me. And, frankly, cute phrases that sound like grown-ups trying to write like kids give me that "put this book down!" feeling. The events are unconvincing and, in places, confusing.
However (the good): The pictures and science tidbits are very cool and I was a sucker for the cliffhanger ending. That was a fun way to end a first volume, but I'm not sure how fun it would be for volume 10.
I suspect my boy will like it when he's a bit older and I won't mind handing it to him to read.
The sentences didn't have enough detail and it didn't paint a picture for the reader's minds.
The sentences were to short as well as the book and not enough details.
In my opinion, this book should be for the age range of 3-7yrs.
The sentences were too short and didn't have enough detail.
I didn't like it. Except for the cute puppy.
The one problem I've had is that they mostly need to be read in order. I didn't realize that when we began in the middle with the book that looked most appealing to my child.
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I can't describe the stories but my great grandson age 8 read 4 of the series in a day and really liked themPublished 26 days ago by Marva
I read this to my first graders and they absolutely loved it! They asked me everyday if we could read it more and asked if we could read the other books in the series. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jessica
I bought this book for my seven year old son. He was able to read it easily and he enjoyed the adventure. Read morePublished on April 6, 2014 by Mary Daly
I bought this for my second grader and he loves them...I recommend for any one looking for a good chapter book to improve their young ones reading!Published on December 14, 2013 by Mom w/ 3 Kids
Greenburg, I love your books and I hope you make more "Andrew lost" books! Keep up the good work!
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