Book Review: Pedro First-Grade Hero (Easy Reader)

I received this book for free from the publisher at BEA 2016. That fact in no way influenced my opinion of the book or the content of this review.

Pedro First-Grade Hero by Fran Manushkin

Goodreads Summary:
Spend some time with Pedro, Katie Woo’s fun-loving friend. From a buggy disaster to a run for class president, Pedro has what it takes to be the hero of first-grade. No matter what he’s doing, Pedro is always good for some laughs and adventure.

My Review:
This easy reader book has 4 chapters, but each chapter is really a stand alone story. In chapter one, Pedro’s class is studying bugs. In chapter 2, he tries out to be the goalie on a soccer team with some of his classmates. In chapter 3, he and his friends solve the mysteries of some missing objects. And in chapter 4, Pedro runs for class president. Chapter 3 was my favorite, but they’re all cute. The characters are very real. They felt like some of the kids I know from my son’s 1st grade class. Some of them brag a little too much. They’re not always nice to each other. They’re very relatable.

Pedro is a character from Manushkin’s Katie Woo series. I’ve never read those books, but Katie is featured in this book as well. This book is engaging and fun for children who share similar interests as Pedro and his friends. There are pictures on every page, so it’s an easy transition to a chapter book style for early readers. Each chapter is about 20 pages long. It’s realistic to have kids consume one chapter per night with this book.

This text is at an instructional level J, which is perfect for my son, who’s reading independently at level K. Unfortunately, he struggles with contemporary fiction, favoring graphic novels and fantasy. He didn’t even make it through the first chapter when he tried this book.

My Rating: 3 Stars

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