Saturday, August 14, 2010

Book Review- The Zig Zag Kids Books 1 & 2

By Patricia Reilly Giff
Published by Random House Kids
Released on August 10th, 2010
Source: Publisher
3.5 stars- A Good Read

Number One Kid:
I'm #1. That's what Mitchell McCabe's favorite t-shirt says. He'd like to be Number One at the Zigzag Afternoon Center, where there are lots of fun activities to choose from: swimming, nature walks, field trips, art, even homework help. And YAY-there's snack time!

But Mitchell is worried. What if he's the only kid who doesn't get a prize on Prize Day? Luckily, Mitchell realizes he's a winner at something terrific. (taken from ARC cover)

Big Whooper:
It's Discovery Week at the Zigzag Afternoon Center!
Everyone writes their discoveries on a big sheet of paper in the hallway. But Destiny Washington can't think of anything new to discover.

Before she knows it, Destiny has told a BIG whopper. And snooty Gina, who's great at discovering things, know all about it. Destiny has to kind a way out of the whopper. In the end, she makes the best discovery of all. (taken from ARC cover)

I think this is a the start to a delightful series that both kids and those reading these books to them will enjoy. Patricia Reilly Giff introduces a group of lovable characters, with whom young kids will easily relate to. I think she has done a fabulous job at capturing the emotions kids go through from worries and excitements of meeting new friends, going to a new school, being with a group of kids they may not know, attending after school care and discovering the world around them.

The Zigzag Kids will be real and relatable to young readers and as they learn some important lessons with Mitchell and Destiny. Mitchell learns that he doesn't have to do something special to be a winner, as everyone is a winner. Destiny learns the importance of telling the truth. I would definitely recommend this series to young readers, parents and teachers.

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