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Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest Episode 1: The Quest for Screen Time Paperback – June 13, 2015
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Jaden Toussaint, an inquisitive budding scientist with a spectacular Afro, feels like an outsider in his family. While his parents and sister are all bibliophiles, he hates to read: he'd rather get his hands on a tablet. After circulating a petition among his fellow kindergarteners campaigning for more computer time, Jaden's ingenuity is rewarded. This charming first installment in the Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest chapter-book series features succinct but vivid characterizations and abundant humor (the family's pets include a guinea pig that "never has the same name two weeks in a row," and Jaden's father "prefers to be called 'baba,' which means 'father' in Swahili. Does not speak Swahili"). Muravski's b&w illustrations, nicely integrated throughout, are also an asset, enhancing this story's appeal for readers who may be as reluctant as Jaden to pick up a book. Ages 5-7.
About the Author
Marti Dumas is a mother, teacher, and author from New Orleans. She is a contributing writer on education and parenting for Think504 and other publications. An expert in childhood literacy, Marti has worked with children and teachers for the last 15 years to promote an early love of reading. Her debut book, Jala and the Wolves, recently made the top of Amazon.com s bestseller list for children s fantasy and is available in stores and online now. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Warning, only get this book IF you want the child to actively engage in reading. Because my 6 year old could not be stopped. He devoured this book like nothing before. The character is super relate-able and the book keeps the reader engaged. I can't wait to see what the series holds.
This is a quest most kids his age are probably all about but when a new homework assignment backs up his quest Jaden thinks he has his problem solved. When it’s not working he figures a new route.
This is a very funny story and a relatable character. Jaden is written so well you feel as if you know him or he is one of the family. His thoughts fit the story and his personality perfect. A great overall read for young ones and older ones as well.
The fact that it is 'screen time', is something I imagine some parents won't be very fond of, but I believe it is completely normal and the right way to go about it.
I love the diversity and the illustrations are beautiful!
So going to follow JT's adventures!
Protagonist Jaden Toussaint is a kindergarten student who is different from the rest of his family. Mom, dad, and older sister love to read, but precocious Jaden thinks that the trouble with books is that they make you feel lonely and left out. Jaden loves interacting with people and animals; he enjoys conducting scientific experiments. One day Jaden is being persistently annoying so his father reluctantly gives him his cell phone. Jaden immediately decides using a screen is the way to his destiny.
Jaden is only in kindergarten, but he thinks Mrs. Bates, his teacher is wonderful. When the class gets homework, Jaden tries to convince his parents that computer time is mandatory, but they disagree. Jaden finds an innovative way to convince them to change their minds.
Young readers will enjoy Jaden's clever way of manipulating adults. This book with black and white illustration and appealing characters with short chapters provides a good choice for reluctant readers and children like Jaden who normally don't want to pick up a book. Teachers could use the short chapter format spread over a week to do classroom read aloud and discussion. Has the mark of a promising series.
Jaden Toussaint is a precocious kindergartener with the spirit of Junie B. Jones. He's the youngest child of a lovely family and he's on the quest for more screen time than he's normally allowed. He keeps careful track of his failed attempts to come up with the right formula.
The illustrations are charming, clear, and funny. The book itself is shorter than a Junie B. Jones or other beginner chapter book, so it's short and sweet for kindergarteners. Many of the words are not standard sight words, so this wouldn't make a good independent reader for most young children, but it's a fantastic read aloud. It will please children but won't bore adults. I will be buying more in the series.