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journal-look makes for a good transition to chapter books
Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2017
The Owl Diaries series is perfect for your little one transitioning from picture books to chapter books.
It FEELS like a chapter book, but isn't as hard as one might expect a chapter book to be. There are few words on each page, roughly as as many as you would find in a picture book, so the difficulty and amount of words doesn't change, only the format.
Lots of pictures. Some pictures take up half the page or there are 3 pictures taking up a lot of space. Each page is lined like a journal entry, but the lines are cartoonish, so I think that counts as an image! The pictures and lined pages make this less intimidating to a kid new to chapter books.
The 'journal' feel is like Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Dork Diaries, but with content that is appropriate for grade schoolers.
Each chapter is 4 pages or so. Very quick and helps reader feel successful.
The sentences are short and readable for first grade level readers (except, see below).
There are made-up words that can trip up a new reader (ie. owl-tastic). So, independent reading can be tricky when confronting these words. Starts on pg 1.
Some of the words are in different colors, which can distract from finishing the sentence or figuring out why that word was accented.
The Owl Diaries books were excellent for my 1st grader at the beginning of the school year. Now she zooms through them too quickly! But she still wants to read them because they are fun and engaging, plus she feels successful finishing a 'chapter book' on her own. The Owl Diaries were among her first chapter books and gave her the encouragement she needed to tackle an intimidating-looking book! Now she's on to other chapter books with ease.