Mr. Ball is delighted when he takes on a giant fire-breathing bird as his new pet. He is also completely oblivious to that fact that the bird has taken on Mr. Ball as her egg. Hilarity ensues, as throughout, Mr. Ball attempts to train his pet. Finally, Mr. Ball's faithful friends come to his rescue.
Harriet Ziefert, Blue Apple’s publisher and founder, was among the pioneers in creating early readers that help kids transition out of being read to and into becoming independent readers. A crucial step in this process is to offer books with more pages and more plot, while retaining a spare word count and text style.
Enter Jump-Into-Chapters, a new series of readers created to fill the gap between picture books and text-heavy chapter books. The first three books in the series have anywhere from 72 to 96 pages, but very few words per page. In short, the page count is longer WITHOUT piling on the words.
These books are designed to fill an important gap in reading materials. It’s important to have books that challenge the new reader to remember what happened more than 80 pages after he/she began. Best of all, each of the books features fresh-and-funny, character-driven stories. Kids will feel like they’ve made some great new friends who reflect their lives and feelings, book after book.
Downloadable activity and discussion materials for kids, parents, and educators are available on the Blue Apple Books website.
Michael Townsend: When Michael Townsend was a little boy, he loved reading comic books, eating chocolate cake, and thinking about the name he would one day give his pet monkey. Those were good years. When adulthood finally struck, Michael decided he would go to college to learn how to be a professional chocolate cake eater. Crushed when he discovered no such profession exists (yet), he decided to go for his second career choice and earned a B.A. at the School of Visual Arts (in NYC). After graduation, he began writing and illustrating children's books. If all goes well, he hopes to buy a cake factory and adopt a pet monkey, which he will name Jiggles Microwave Townsend.
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