Series Made Simple from Cherry Lake

Recent releases from Cherry Lake include thorough overviews of special sporting events, clear and organized guides to Fortnite, and books about different ways kids can help others at home, at school, on the playground, and around town.

Devera, Czeena.
Lend a Hand Around Town. ISBN 9781534149779.
––––. Lend a Hand at Home. ISBN 9781534149755.
––––. Lend a Hand at School. ISBN 9781534149762.
––––. Lend a Hand on the Playground. ISBN 9781534149786.
ea vol: 16p. (Helping Out). photos. Cherry Lake/Cherry Blossom. Aug. 2019. Tr. $11.36.
PreS-Gr 2–The repetitive language and familiar images in this series will help build confidence in younger readers. Each book explores different ways that children can help others at home, at school, on the playground, and around town. Each page features a large, colorful image of children performing helpful tasks and one sentence with repeating structure and language: “I help deliver. I help bake,” or “I paint at my playground. I organize at my playground.” Each book includes a list of sight words of varying difficulty and a list of each statement from the book.
VERDICT Young children love helping and reading. This series takes advantage of both to build skill and confidence.
Gregory, Josh. Fortnite: Beginner’s Guide. ISBN 9781534148185.
––––. Fortnite: Building. ISBN 9781534148123.
––––. Fortnite: Combat. ISBN 9781534148130.
––––. Fortnite: Healing Items and Potions. ISBN 9781534148161.
––––. Fortnite: Scavenging. ISBN 9781534148116.
––––. Fortnite: Skins. ISBN 9781534148154.
––––. Fortnite: Weapons. ISBN 9781534148147.
––––. The Making of Fortnite. ISBN 9781534148178.
ea vol: 32p. (Unofficial Guides). further reading. glossary. index. websites. Cherry Lake. Aug. 2019. lib. ed. $29.93.
Gr 4-8–These game guides, which feature good-looking design and prolific in-game screenshots, will be as readable as they will be popular. Clear writing takes the new Fortnite player through the initial, somewhat baffling phases of the game, while more experienced players will benefit from the organized approach to objects and materials. Fortnite content changes frequently (a new “season” starts every two months), but these books guard against obsolescence by explaining classes of objects and general methods rather than listing the properties of too many specific objects or moves. Additionally, readers will learn about the game’s origin and evolution. Books about subjects familiar to the reader offer valuable experience with interrogating, informative texts. You can bet novice and veteran players will put these books through rigorous interrogation.
VERDICT This attractive series lets the Fortnite fan be the expert.
Hellebuyck, Adam & Laura Deimel. Cricket World Cup. ISBN 9781534147492.
––––. FIFA World Cup. ISBN 9781534147478.
––––. NBA Finals. ISBN 9781534147485.
––––. Olympics. ISBN 9781534147539.
––––. Rugby World Cup. ISBN 9781534147515.
––––. Special Olympics. ISBN 9781534147546.
––––. Tennis Grand Slam. ISBN 9781534147508.
––––. Tour de France. ISBN 9781534147522.
ea vol: 32p. (Global Citizens: Sports). further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Cherry Lake. Aug. 2019. Tr. $29.93.
Gr 4-7–In this series, the history of each event is described with clear text. With the focus of the series on global citizenry, a chapter in each volume emphasizes the role sports have played in world history. The rules of each game and sportsmanship expectations are also outlined. Some of the sports that are more popular internationally, like cricket and rugby, will have the most new information for U.S. readers. Perhaps best of all is Special Olympics. While other sports spend millions, even billions, on their championship events, the Special Olympics are run almost entirely by volunteers and as such, it is the only nonprofit organization in the series. Jam-packed with information and easily readable, the text is supported with informational sidebars and prompts that encourage readers to do more research. ­
VERDICT These thorough overviews of special sporting events, written by a pair of teachers, are absolutely perfect for report-writing students. Truly exceptional.

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