NONFICTION

Clever Cogz: Cars & Trucks

QEB. (Clever Cogz). May 2019. 24p. Tr $14.95. ISBN 9781786036308.
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K-Gr 2–Join Clever Cogz the robot dog and his sidekicks Nutty and Bolt on a journey through the topic of cars and trucks. Perfect for beginning readers, the book introduces the concept of a nonfiction text but does so in a manner directly aimed at this literacy level. The brightly colored illustrations will speak to a younger audience and allow for adventurous read-alouds. Each spread tackles a different topic. In one spread, a cartoonlike car is pictured and different parts are labeled in chunky black text, then explained in child-friendly terms. Cogz, Nutty, and Bolt “talk” about the topic by offering a fun fact or a comment that is part of a speech bubble. The book ends with a brief quiz that tests reader comprehension, but also allows for further review and conversation about the presented facts.
VERDICT It can be difficult to find nonfiction books intended for younger readers and/or lower reading levels. Recommended for general purchase

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