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World of Reading: Doc McStuffins: Caught Blue-Handed (Pre-Level 1) Paperback – January 8, 2013
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We bought this book for our 3 year old as a pre-reader to get her interested in reading but I read it to both of my girls tonight for a double Daddy bedtime story since Mommy wasn't home. They were immediately familiar with the story because they recognized it from the TV episode and really liked telling me what was going to happen next. The story is about Donny's six armed toy alien who stops by to see Doc and all her friends. The only problem is that all of the sudden, a "Mystery Pox" epidemic breaks out. It is up to Doc to find out what happened. As expected, there was a happy ending and some tips about how to avoid germs on the inside back cover.
I asked both girls what they thought of the story and they loved it. My oldest said, "I loved the book and the show!" They really get a kick out of the books that follow along with the TV episodes. Our kids seem to be drawn to them because they are immediately familiar and comfortable with the story. This is a great pre-reader for your Doc McStuffins fan. Highly Recommended!
This is based on an episode that I haven't seen, but is about a toy cell phone Doc used to play with when she was little, and there's a sticker stuck on its "up" volume, leading to "Superlouditis." It's a fun book to read because of the loud lines. Kiddo and I got some giggles out of yelling the dialogue.
The storyline at the end gets just a little weird, though, and probably works better in the TV episode. After the volume is fixed, Louie talks at a normal level for one line, then he talks loudly again, and they play a game of Telephone to fix him. He sums up the lesson at the end: "Save your shout for when you're out!" (Which is supposed to be whispered, and yet is written with an exclamation point.) I didn't quite get the logic train on it... if he was broken, he couldn't help that he wasn't using his "indoor voice," and it doesn't explain why he talked loudly again after he was fixed, nor does anyone really explain to him about the "outdoor voice/indoor voice" thing before he suddenly sums up the lesson for us.
So all in all, a fun book, cute to read with little kids, and not a bad message-- just one that arrives in an odd fashion at the end and could have used a smoother transition.