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Spud's First Day Surprise (Chompy & the Munchy Bunch) (Volume 3) Paperback – April 11, 2017
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"Very well written and descriptive." - Readers' Favorite
Spud's First Day Surprise (Chompy and the Munchy Bunch volume three) byNancy Beaule is a fun children's book that follows a young potato named Spud.Spud is beginning at a new school, and it's getting off to a rocky start. Hebumps into the teacher's desk and falls over, and people laugh at him. A fewpeople play a prank on him, and they laugh at him. Spud runs away and into theforest. In the forest, he sees the house of the gourds, but he accidentallyfalls into the window and gets stuck. Meanwhile, his classmates are trying tofind him. Will he ever get out of the window?
I really enjoyed reading Spud's First Day Surprise (Chompy and the Munchy Bunchvolume three) by Nancy Beaule. The book is very well written and descriptive.The story has many funny parts. The characters are likeable, because the gourdshelp to cheer Spud up, and Spud kept the rain away from the gourds. The bookteaches that sometimes people are teased because they're different, but itdoesn't mean they should be bullied. It also teaches that often bullying isbased on appearance. The book is very relatable, because many young readershave had to go to a new school, just like Spud. The illustrations by LaurenGoldstein are very well done, and depict each scene vividly. The pictures are alsovery colorful. Children will enjoy reading this book. I would definitelyrecommend this book to all young readers.
About the Author
Nancy is a native of Lewiston, Maine and is best known for her pie-saving invention, the "Pie Saver." She traded in her inventor's hat to pen this series. Nancy has always had an interest in nutrition, so finding a way to incorporate that into her books led her to create the series called "Chompy & The Munchy Bunch." The series focuses on Chompy, a nervous carrot who finds a formula for super-powered eyesight called Chompy Juice, which is made from carrots. Children love re-enacting the eye-popping Chompy Juice segment, and parents appreciate the underlying nutritional messages hidden inside. The books are geared toward 4 - 9 year olds. Nancy lives in Maine and Florida with her husband of 41 years. They have two children and three grandchildren. Besides cooking, Nancy loves nature (anything outdoors!), reading and most of all spending time with her grandchildren.
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As ever, Candybar is the troublemaker, while Chompy saves the day. And, once again, there is some questionable behavior, as Spud climbs a ladder to peek through a window. Still, we all know what Goldilocks did! I'm sure the kids will enjoy the "butt" references! At the same time, they'll learn that it's okay to be different and that sometimes being different is a good thing.
A cute story for children ages 3 and up.
Also excellent are Beaule's descriptions. From lighthearted to embarrassed and frightening to safe, the moods of the characters and the tones of the settings are easily imagined. Her use of figurative language and short sentences will keep young readers engaged. Repeat readers may find a giggle (I did!) that Chompy the carrot eats carrot cake! (He's a cannibal! Ha!)
As with the prior books, the writing level is perfect for the intended audience (ages 4-8), and it will work well as a read-alone or read-aloud book. The parent in me isn't a fan of the word "butt" used several times, but kids will like it (especially if it's forbidden fruit for some). The Grammar Policewoman in me would definitely issue some tickets for some inconsistency and errors with punctuation, but it's likely readers won't notice them, and none will impact the enjoyment of the book. (But, oh happy day when a child notices a grammar rule broken!)
Colorful, fun, and funny, Chompy, Volume is a story I recommend for pure silly enjoyment. I look forward to the fourth book in the series, coming in the fall of 2017. Thank you to the author for providing me a free eBook in exchange for my honest opinion -- the only kind I give. Full review posted to Hall Ways Blog - Book views, reviews, and news you can use -- or not. kristinehallways.blogspot.com