Friday, November 12, 2010

Preschool Corner: fun read aloud

Case of the Terrible T. rex cvr


Have you ever been asked to review something and you knew from the description it would be perfect for your family?


That’s what happened with this book, so I’ll admit my review is slightly biased.  You see, I’ve been searching ever since I named my son for a book with his name in it.  My other two children have lots of books with their names in them, and they always happily exclaim when it happens.  Well, my other son this has never happened before.


Until this book.  So, when I found out the names I was super excited.  Doyle and Fossey Science Detectives (incidentally, that’s not his name, those are the characters last names) fit that bill.


Now on to the book.  We’ve been using it as our first chapter book read aloud.  I shouldn’t say that.  We’ve tried a couple of other books, but none of them have worked so far.  This was quite popular, and I got requests to finish it faster than I’d planned, but I stuck to my guns.


The set-up is similar to Encyclopedia Brown, which if you read my 5 Books post over at Silly Eagle books, you’ll know I love.   In this book there are 3 cases and it takes a couple of chapters per case to set it up, give you the clues, and then in the third chapter (generally speaking) you get the solution and what happened after.


002At the back of the book for each case is an experiment listed with it.  We’ve only done an experiment so far for the first case, and we did a different one than in the book, because I don’t use dry cleaning (that would require dressing up), and because their example made me think of a tea pot.  So, we boiled water and listened to the pot whistling just like the ground was whistling in the first case.


So, all in all I like this series, and plan to get the other ones in it.  Do you have any early reader series your kids really like?  I keep meaning to try Magic Treehouse because I know those are really popular.  Any other ones?


And here’s some cool news, the author is hosting a giveaway, and all you have to do is email them.  I’m fairly use I entered it at one point before I was asked to do a review…….


Here’s the information if you’re interested:


Doyle and Fossey GiveawayAuthor Michele Torrey is hosting a giveaway of her fun Doyle and Fossey, Science Detective books! Four lucky winners will receive copies of the two newest books in the series, THE CASE OF THE TERRIBLE T.rex and THE CASE OF THE CROOKED CARNIVAL, plus a cool test tube kit!
To enter, send an e-mail to In the body of the e-mail, include your name and e-mail address (if you're under 13, submit a parent's name and e-mail address). One entry per person and prizes will only be shipped to US or Canadian addresses. Entries must be received by midnight (PDT) on 11/18/10. Winners will be selected in a random drawing on 11/19/10 and notified via email. Check Michele’s website after Nov 22for the list of winners!



I’m linking this up to Homeschool Creations because I love the idea of this book as a first read aloud for pre-schoolers/kindergarteners, and I’d love to hear what you guys are using for chapter book read-alouds.


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this for review, I was not paid for it, but from the loud clamoring of the kids I will be buying other copies.

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