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Haggis and Tank are fun! Like other branches books, though, not much meat to the stories. Fun read aloud to my younger son, but my older one (age this book was written toward) didn't get into it too much.
Very good book for visually and orally explaining the difference between meaning of same-pronounced words. Illustrations are quite cluttered and I found it sometimes difficult to want to focus, but it is a very encouraging and non-threatening book for hesitant young readers.
4.0 out of 5 starsGet ready for homophones. . .Homophones. . . HOMOPHONES. . . .
Reviewed in the United States on 21 November 2015
This is a cute book FILLED with homophones. They are one right after the other. For young readers, I think this is the type of book that’s going to have to be read either with an adult. . . .or perhaps even better in a school setting. . . where each of the homophones can be examined, reviewed and explained. I think that homophones can be fun for kids, and this book helps to show that.
I really like the artwork. It’s very colorful and inviting.
“Tank” is the female dog, and honestly, I think a better, more feminine name could have been chosen.
4.0 out of 5 starssomewhat cute, but still mixed feelings
Reviewed in the United States on 23 December 2015
While the story is somewhat cute, there is quite a bit of bad attitude happening and some meanness. If you keep that kind of thing away your kids, this probably won't be the best choice of book for them.
There's also lots of word play that I can't imagine the intended audience will get. I'd highly recommend reading this one first before handing over to your child, just to make sure it's a good fit. You'll probably have to explain a good bit of it.
4.0 out of 5 starsTank has a great imagination, but Haggis…
Reviewed in the United States on 22 December 2015
I love how quickly Haggis took over. This was especially interesting to our boys because they sail little Optimists and also play on them. The book may have been too young for them, but it reminded them of fun times.
This is a very likable book. I love the characters and the word play.
I also liked the graphic novel style of this. It is much better suited to the ‘older’ children than a picture book would be. This is a great high interest book for a group who hardly ever gets this much fun.
4.0 out of 5 starsNice beginning to independent reading of chapter books
Reviewed in the United States on 29 November 2015
This is a nice window into independent reading, My son has taken this to school to finish in silent reading time. The pictures support the story but there are enough words that the child is reading. The story is a fun plot and my son loving animals and everything that goes with them has enjoyed the story and the pictures. I would look at getting another book like this ins the future.