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New Acorn Series for Young Readers

New Acorn Series from Scholastic for Young Readers

Age Range – 4 to 7

Reviewer: Jeanette Perkins aka Beeba

The new Acorn Series is aimed at emerging readers. Each five by seven inch book is stand alone and packed with illustrations. The books have a fun activity at the end. These are the first four books but there are many more planned releases in the next year. Plant the Acorn early and get onboard with this new series.



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Unicorn and Yeti Series

Author – Heather Ayris Burnell

Illustrator – Hazel Quintanilla

Meet Unicorn and Yeti! Unicorn has a horn, can do magic and is very sparkly. Yeti is big and furry and lives in a snowy wonderland. They meet literally by accident and become fast friends. Unicorn shows Yeti that he too lives in a sparkly world and Yeti teaches Unicorn all about snowball fights. In the process they both learn about accepting friends as they are and being able to disagree and still be friends. Sparkly pastel illustrations on every page.

Heather BurnellAbout the author:

Heather Ayris Burnell lives on a secluded mountaintop in Washington State where there are no power lines and no paved roads, but there is lots of space for dreaming up stories. Heather is a Branch Librarian at North Central Regional Library and she runs Great Northern Garlic organic seed company with her husband.




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Author/Illustrator – Dav Pilkey

Dragon is lonely. He tries to make friends, but is repeatedly rejected. In a quirky twist, an apple falls on his head and a sneaky snake tricks him into believing the apple can talk and be his friend. Dragon is overjoyed to have a buddy. The story follows the two as Dragon spoils his new apple pal with stories, snacks and jokes. But when the apple becomes ill, Dragon experiences the sadness of loss. This is an endearing story of friendship with fun, colorful pictures.

Dav PilkeyAbout the author:

As a child, Dav Pilkey was diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD. In the second grade, Dav Pilkey created a comic book about a superhero named Captain Underpants. His teacher ripped it up and told him he couldn’t spend the rest of his life making silly books. Fortunately, Dav was not a very good listener. His Captain Underpants series has more than 80 million copies in print worldwide. Dav’s latest creation, Dog Man, continues to be a #1 New York Times bestselling series with more than 13 million copies in print worldwide. Dav is also the creator of the Dragon series, the Dumb Bunnies series, Dog Breath, and The Paperboy, which is a Caldecott Honor Book. Dav lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife.



Hello, Crabby coverHello, Crabby!

Author/Illustrator: Jonathan Fenske

Crabby lives up to his name from page one. He complains about the sun, salt water and sand. He is rude to his friends Barnacle and Plankton. Three fellow crabs – Abby, Tabby and Blabby try to cheer him up. Jokes don’t work. As a last resort, Plankton bakes Crabby a five layer cake. Will Crabby finally smile or always be crabby? Lot of colorful art and comic speech bubbles on each page.

Jonathan FenskeAbout the author:

Jonathan Fenske lives in South Carolina and with his family. He was born in Florida near the ocean, so he knows all about life at the beach. Jonathan is the author and illustrator of several children’s books including Barnacle is Bored, Plankton is Pushy and the LEGO picture book I’m Fun Too!. His early reader A Pig, A Fox and a Box was a Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor Book.



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Hello Hedgehog Series

Author – Norm Feuti

Hedgehog loves his new bike. He can’t wait to show his best friend Harry. But first he must find his helmet. Harry seems to like the new bike but won’t give it a try. Harry gives a long list of excuses why he won’t ride the new bike. Finally Harry goes home and returns with his helmet and bike – a bike with training wheels attached. Hedgehog shows us how to be a friend through encouragement and acceptance. This is a cute story with great illustrations. At the end of the book you can learn to draw your own hedgehog.


Norm FeutiAbout the author:

Norm Feuti lives in Massachusetts with his family, a dog, two cats, and a guinea pig. He is the creator of the newspaper comic strips RETAIL and GIL. He is also the author and illustrator of the graphic novel The King of Kazoo. Hello, Hedgehog! is Norm’s first early reader series.



Beeba and Grands Mar 2019About the reviewer:

Jeanette Perkins is the grandmother of two adorable grandsons. She lives in beautiful St Pete Beach, FL. Jeanette is a product reviewer for GRAND and is looking forward to reviewing lots of new and useful products for all us grandparents.

If you have a product for boomer grandparents and or their grandkids, tell us all about it in an email to editor@grandmagazine.com.


Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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