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.
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 7
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.
Little Kid Reaction:
He characterized this as a nice story and requested it a couple of times.
Big Kid 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.
Pros:

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

Cons:

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.


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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