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About the Author

R.A. MONTGOMERY attended Hopkins Grammar School, Williston-Northampton School and Williams College where he graduated in 1958. He pursued graduate studies in Religion and Economics at Yale and NYU. Montgomery was an adventurer all his life, climbing mountains in the Himalaya, skiing throughout Europe and scuba-diving wherever he could. His interested included education, macro-economics, geo-politics, mythology, history, mystery novels and music. He wrote his first interactive book, Journey Under the Sea, in 1976 and published it under the series name The Adventures of You. A few years later Bantam Books bought this book and gave Montgomery a contract for five more, to inaugurate their new children s publishing division. Bantam renamed the series Choose Your Own Adventure and a publishing phenomenon was born. The series has sold more than 260 million copies in over 40 languages. He was married to the writer Shannon Gilligan. Montgomery died in November 2014, only two months after his last book was published.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 3
  • Series: Choose Your Own Adventure. Dragonlarks
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Chooseco (August 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933390522
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933390529
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is a fun concept to make your own choices while reading a story and then re-read the story multiple times making different choices and ending up on different adventures. The stories are simple but a fun read for my five year old. There was some frustration with missed opportunities and confusing connections until we figured out that on page 43 where it says "Turn to page 11" it should have been page 12.
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If you aren't acquainted with the format, the "Choose Your Own Adventure" books promise some extra fun by allowing readers the chance to make some decisions and take the story line down one path or another.

In the case of this book there are twelve possible endings. Unfortunately quite a few of them are "sub-standard", even from a child's perspective. [My own sample audience is a 6 year old boy.] In one ending, for example, the robot flies into a big pile of ice cream and the president of the company charges you --you become a defacto character -- $800 dollars for the damage; while in another situation the robot leaves you having to replant a neighbors rose bushes because your robot exclaims, "SORRY! I AM NOT PROGRAMMED TO PLANT ROSE BUSHES." Don't know about you, but we didn't find it all that entertaining.

As to an official Reading Level (aka Accelerated Reading or ATOS) none is listed. But the word level is fairly advanced and at least at the 2nd Grade level. Which makes the silliness probably even less attractive since I'm assuming older children would be a bit more discriminating than than my 6 y.o. boy.

Here's an example of text from page 18 so you can judge the level for yourself:

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"Now I will try pressing your RUN button," you tell him. So you do--and off he runs.

"Terrific!" you cry, and you turn him off before he can run too far.

"Say, maybe if I let you run fast enough, you could take off, like a plane!" you say. "But, of course, I don't know how to fly a plane. So that might be dangerous."

"Besides there a lots of things we could do in the yard. We could build a fort. That might be fun."

But you keep thinking about flying. Should you try it?
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I loved the Choose your Own Adventure stories when I was a kid so I was stoked when I came across this to give to my 6 year old son. I was super let down with many of the endings, they were a bit on the sad and weird side. One or two are even a bit awful (spoiler alert!), where the child in the story is taken from his family by the robot to a planet where he is held by a robot king to never be returned to his family again. Um, ok, that's a bit spooky for a little kids story. One or two of the storylines are ok, and it's fun to choose as you go along, but even my son commented on how sad and gloomy the stories end. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone at this point.
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I was really looking forward to sharing the choose your own adventures books with my 7 year old nephew. This one was tagged as being for 6-12 year olds. It was extremely boring for the 7 year old, but the 3 1/2 year old thought it was pretty decent. I don't think either of them will pull it off the shelf to read it or have it read. It falls far short of what I remembered.

UPDATE 9/29/2008: The four and a half year old has begun asking to have it read... I think the thrill of being able to choose is a big plus. So for younger pre-readers it's a decent book, it's just not for school age kids.
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I bought this for my daughter to introduce her to the Choose Your Own Adventure style of books. This was a very good book with a fun and interesting storyline. My daughter really enjoyed it and it helped to get her interested in reading on her own, which I was very pleased about. I always enjoyed this type of book as a kid myself, and I'm so glad to see that they are still being written today.
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I loved Choose your own Adventure books as a kid, and couldn't wait to introduce them to my own children who are 5 & 8. I chose to start with one that had full-color illustrations and this sure did start us off right! It is a beautifully illustrated book, with heavy pages that will stand up to many readings. The children love taking turns picking the adventures while we read at bedtime and are totally blown away that the story can be over, and start again, without having reached the back cover!!!
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I have 2 daughters, 10 and 7. My 10 year old is dyslexic and reading is a struggle for her. We got a CYOA book for her from a used book store and she fell in love. She reads a little bit of it nearly everyday and it's so great to see her excited about reading. Our 7 year old is a born reader and has always loved books, but the CYOA we bought the older girl is still a little advanced for the young one. This CYOA, however, is perfect for her level and she loves reading it as well!
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When I was a little girl we used to read these wide eyed until we reach the ending! Unsatisfied, I'd start all over again and do another story, and another story, until I've exhausted all possibilities. Sometimes, my sister would accuse me that I peek at the endings. Lol. That was 30 years ago. Now I bought it for my 6 year old son hoping he will catch the fervor I had for these books, I never wanted to put these books down!
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