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I am a first grade teacher and I am always looking for new chapter books for young readers. A dear colleague recommended these books to me and so I bought this three book set to try out with my own five-year-old at home for our nightly read-alouds. We LOVED all three of these books! I think fans of Junie B. Jones would enjoy these, but Gooney Bird is in a league apart from Junie B. Whereas Junie B. can be a bit much to handle and is the star of her own show, the Gooney Bird books are just as much about the individual classmates in Mrs. Pidgeon's second grade class and their wonderful, community-building teacher. My daughter loved these books and so did I! I have already loaned our book out to a former student of mine who is always searching for something new to read. These would be best suited as read alouds to kindergarten and first graders, and I think proficient second grade readers on up could manage these books on their own. Younger ones would need instances of word play explained to them, but I think second graders and third graders would understand and get a kick out of it.
And as a side note, you must order this set from Amazon...my local bookstore did not have any of these books. I paid around $9 for the set of 3 books and this is a great price for a hardback book. I will be tracking down more Gooney Bird books for my daughter and for my classroom!
PS: Reader of Gooney Bird Greene might also like the Lulu books by Judith Viorst. They are all good beginners' chapter books with captivating storylines.
Granddaughter had summer chapter book report due when entering 3rd grade! Book was off reading list and was a funny one 😋. She love it. Made it more enjoyable and less like something she HAD to do. That was important. Added it to her personal library cause it has 2 more books she WANTS to read 👍
Love this series. This book contained 3 stories in one large book. My second graders enjoyed the first story and begged me to read the next two. Gooney Bird Greene is a wonderful story that lends itself to teaching story writing and generating ideas. The kid began to figure out the play on words and fell in love with the main character.
My 7 year old daughter's favorite activity is reading, and I am running out of appropriate material for her! I came across this series the other day, and she has loved this first book (it is actually 3 books). It is a little easy for her, but she reads at a very high reading level; so I think it would be great for most second graders. My daughter says "Gooney Bird's stories are the best!!" Hope you enjoy them too :)
I loved reading this with my 5 and 3 year old boys. My husband and I were even laughing at some of the stories. Well written and gives information about story telling and life (without being anything close to a textbook).
I bought this for my great-granddaughter who just turned 8 years old. I haven't read them but she loves them! She loves to read and when I asked her what I could get her for her birthday, this is the book she requested.