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Review: Gus Makes a Friend by Frank Remkiewicz

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: February 9, 2012

Scholastic Reader Pre-Level 1: Gus Makes a Friend

By Frank Remkiewicz

Reading level: Ages 3 and up

Paperback: 24 pages

Publisher: Cartwheel Books (November 1, 2011)

Source: Publisher

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

Visit: www.remki.com

Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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