Two dinosaurs with larger-than-life personalities become unlikely friends in this silly and sweet Level 1 Ready-to-Read Graphics book, the first in a new series!
Thunder is big. Cluck is small. Thunder likes to ROAR! Cluck likes to say “hello!”
Can Thunder and Cluck be friends?
Ready-to-Read Graphics books give readers the perfect introduction to the graphic novel format with easy-to-follow panels, speech bubbles with accessible vocabulary, and sequential storytelling that is spot-on for beginning readers. There’s even a how-to guide for reading graphic novels at the beginning of each book.---from the publisher
64 pages 978-1534486515 Ages 4-7
Keywords: beginning reader, friends, fun, dinosaurs, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, graphic novel, part of a series
Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton. Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble. The Skipper and Gilligan. Those of us of an older generation grew up with pairs of characters where one was always big, loud, and huffing and puffing. The other was more mellow, accentuating and drawing attention to the qualities of the loud one.
THUNDER AND CLUCK features a similarly-hilarious new duo. Thunder is a huge T-rex and Click is a pterodactyl. As soon as Cluck meets Thunder, Cluck begins pushing for the couple to become good friends. At the same time, Thunder expects Cluck to react appropriately to his terrifying roar and the possibility of Cluck getting eaten:
“‘HELLO?! Did you hear me roar?
That means I am hungry!
You should run! Run away!’
I am resting, see? You have such nice, soft grass around here. Aah…’
‘THAT IS NOT HOW THIS GOES!’
‘How does it go?’
and CHOMP you!’
I do not run?
Can you still chomp me?’
Wait, let me think.’
‘Pfft. You do not fool me.
I think you are secretly...nice.”
So Thunder huffs and puffs, while Cluck is selling him on becoming buddies. Illustrator Miles Thompson, a veteran animator, creates a pair of loveable characters who are a total crack-up.
THUNDER AND CLUCK is the Level 1 entry of the three Simon & Schuster titles inaugurating their new Ready to Read Graphics imprint. The story is preceded by the two characters explaining to their audience “How to read this book.” They provide instruction on the order in which the panels are read in a graphic novel, and discuss speech bubbles versus cloud (thought) bubbles.
I really hope this title takes off and leads to a bunch more adventures between this pair of delightful goofballs.
Recommended by: Richie Partington, MLIS, California USA