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I am a teacher and a mother of a 7 year old boy. This series of books is funny and at a ‘just right ‘ reading level for my son. Scholastic has done a great job with their Branches series of books that are geared toward 6-8 year olds.
It's a cute book. Sort of a mix between a comic book style and a more traditional early-reader chapter book. Just the right level for my 6 year old who can get through the slightly more advanced chapter books (like Magic Tree House), but doesn't always have the patience for them. He can get through this one in one sitting, but it's longer than most picture books and more entertaining than most of the "Step into Reading" type books. He's read it 3 times in 3 days!
I've never been a fan of kung pao chicken, but Kung Pow may change my mind. My four-year-old "all boy" son got it in his stocking this Christmas and we've had to read it a few times. KPC has enough action and ridiculousness to keep a child that age engaged without all the butt jokes. (I can read those on my own time). The kid who'd rather be tearing around playing zombie tag will be engaged. As a mom, I like how the archetypal mad scientist helps solve the problem without being campy or shoving the "YOU MUST LOVE STEM" meme down kids' throats. I look forward to more books from Cyndi Marko!
Fantastic book series for students just getting ready to break into chapter books. These stories are very engaging! I love the full color pages, and goofy puns. I often have to explain some of the chicken puns to the 2nd graders I work with, but that just makes it more fun, I think!