The Smurfs: Lazy’s Alarm Clock

HarperCollins. (I Can Read 1). Dec. 2023. 32p. pap. $5.99. ISBN 9780063078086.
K-Gr 2–Lazy sleeps through everything, even bath time! Handy builds a solution to help Lazy—a wearable alarm clock that makes various loud, strange sounds when Lazy falls asleep. Lazy is so excited to participate in things he has missed before, such as dancing, listening to music, and watching the sunrise. But now, no one else can sleep thanks to the loud ringing of Lazy’s alarm clock. With the added tension of a Gargamel run-in, Handy, Lazy, and the Smurfs must solve this double-edged problem without getting caught in a trap. Sharp, vivid digital illustrations create a story line within themselves, even if the intended audience cannot access all of the words; beginning readers may struggle with some of the vocabulary, such as squirted and cranky.
VERDICT A fun, action-packed beginning reader for libraries with large collections.

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