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Book: Crazy Creature Capers
Author: Hannah Reidy
Illustrator: Clare Mackie
Publisher: Zero to Ten Children’s Books, republished in 2001
ISBN-13: 978-1899883455 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 1899883452 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-1840892222 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 1840892226 (Paperback)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 3 and up
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Reidy, Hannah. Crazy Creature Capers (published in 1996 by Stewart, Tabori and Chang; republished in 2000 by Zero to Ten Children’s Books Ltd.). Learning grammar is necessary for proper communication, despite what some modern “educators” say. But learning grammar can also be boring. So it is good to introduce grammar concepts in fun and lively ways. In Crazy Creature Capers, a group of self-consciously wacky monsters entertains children and helps them learn prepositions by moving in various directions as they strap skates onto their skinny feet, to whiz up, down, under, and through. This is one of the “Crazy Creatures Concepts” books that we used when our older son Mark was doing “preschool.”
These Crazy Creatures are little, egg-shaped, bug-eyed critters. Bright, colorful artwork that is cartoon-like gives young readers lots to look at and talk about. The story is carefully paced for kids to follow at their own speed, with lots of fun rhymes and alliteration with which to chant along. Author Hannah Reidy is a former schoolteacher who specializes in children’s literature. Illustrator Clare Mackie is an artist and printmaker. The series is designed to teach youngsters various concepts such as prepositions, opposites, colors, and number. Two other books from the series that we also checked out of the library were Crazy Creature Contrasts and Crazy Creature Colors.