Marvin Monster's Big Date

Summary:

Marvin Monster learns the value of keeping a promise, as he has to deal with a friend's broken commitment and realizes he's guilty of the same.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is a well-written, readable, accessible story whose underlying lessons about keeping one's commitments are accessible to kids.

Content Awareness Factors:

Kids under a certain age, maybe 8, won't really grasp the social implications of a "date" and may not have had the same experiences of proto-romantic rejection that Marvin suffers. Thus, the lesson of the book is transmitted, but the message is muted.


Little Kid Reaction

He characterized this as a nice story and requested it a couple of times.

Parent Reaction

Date?! Did someone say "date" around my kids already?! You'll have Simultaneous flash-backs to your own 7th-grade social woes and flash-forwards to where your kid will be in just a few years.

Type of Book:
This is a chapter book for early readers
Educational Themes:

This is a nice read aloud or read-it-yourself story about keeping one's word. Even if your kid doesn't understand a 'date' s/eh can learn about promises.

Reading Level:
2.1
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Read with 6-year-old boy.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow first, unless your kid happens to be really into monsters and this makes a valuable transition tool.

Title Marvin Monster's Big Date
Author Tabatha Jean D'Agata
Publisher Moo Press, Inc. ©
Illustrators Bonnie Everett-Hawkes
ISBN 0972485368
Material Hard Cover
Cost $5.95
Genres Family, Friendship, Easy Reader Series
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