Review: Gus Makes a Friend by Frank Remkiewicz
By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: February 9, 2012
By Frank Remkiewicz
Reading level: Ages 3 and up
Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Cartwheel Books (November 1, 2011)
What to expect: Friendship, Snow
Recognizable to many as the illustrator of Jack London’s Froggy series, Frank Remkiewicz has developed a new early reader series starring a sweet natured rhinoceros named Gus.
When he peers out the window and sees snow, Gus wants to go outside and play. His parents are both busy, so Gus uses initiative and builds himself a snowman named Snow Boy. The happy colored cartoon illustrations really help to bring the story to life—Gus is almost always smiling and all of the characters ooze a joy that subliminally encourages new readers to read on. The sentence structures are simple and short —the longest sentence is comprised of five words—yet, in Gus Makes a Friend, Remkiewicz still manages to pack entertainment into the large and easy-to-read text. Published by Scholastic as a level Pre 1 “First Reader,” “Gus” books are a great choice for preschoolers and kindergartners.
Add this book to your collection: Scholastic Reader Pre-Level 1: Gus Makes a Friend
Also recommended: Scholastic Reader Pre-Level 1: Gus Gets Scared