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My son is in the first grade and has great reading skills. He is at that in between level where chapter books are too hard yet for him to read independently, but the leveled readers are boring him. The Branches books created by scholastic are perfect for him (Kung Pow Chicken being just one series of many). These books maintain his interest and motivate him to want to read. I believe this is a great step into getting him into smaller chapter books; it is a perfect stepping stone. Also, it is hard to find books that interest boys. I also recommend the Boris and Monkey Me series, if you have young readers.
This is the first book series that my son immediately sat down with and started to read on his own. After reading one of these books at school, he begged me to get more. The fact that the groupings of words are spread out around the pictures helps it be more entertaining. My son noted that the main chicken is in 2nd grade just like he is, which helped him feel like he is reading on grade level (which he pretty much is, but it is hard to see other kids who are more advanced reading). I will be buying the 4th book and looking for other branch books.
awesome book. 6 year old son loves it! But we've only had it for a week and the cover has already come completely off. He read it twice - normal use, as far as I can tell. He knows not to bend books backward or leave them propped open. We're trying to figure out how to effectively reattach the cover.
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!