EXCLUSIVELY FOR KINDLE: Elliott Hall and the Real House Rabbit Kindle edition
READING LEVEL: Ages 5-10
KEYWORDS: Middle grade, gentle humor, house rabbits, pets
SYNOPSIS: Playing with other kids is not easy for second-grader, Elliott Hall. His teacher in private school, Miss Susan, encouraged him to work on his social skills, rewarding him with pizza and a crown when he did well. But Elliott is now in public school, without Miss Susan. It is a lonely place, where Evil Joseph tries to steal his lunch, and where nobody ever wears a crown. Lonely classroom rabbit, Fuzzy – aka Mr. Saunders – befriends Elliott, and the two strike a bargain: Mr. Saunders offers to teach Elliott about friendship and how to stand up for himself, and in return, Elliott must find a way to help Mr. Saunders in his quest to become a real house rabbit.
READING LEVEL : Ages 4-8
TRADE DISTRIBUTOR: Ingram (out of print)
KEYWORDS: Boy interest, multicultural, humor, grandparent, early reader
SYNOPSIS : Gilroy Tanaka thinks he’s in for a treat when Grandpa comes to stay with him while Mom and Dad are away. Poor Gilroy is in for the shock of his life when his well-intentioned grandfather serves up octopus for dinner and squid kabobs for lunch. When Grandpa shows up to school with more “weird food” to share, Gilroy must take matters into his own hands. See how Gilroy solves his food dilemma in a way that makes him and Grandpa happy.
“Bait for Lunch” is an amusing story about a boy named Gilroy whose visiting grandfather wants him to eat octopus for dinner! And miso soup with tofu for breakfast! And squid for lunch! Not to mention the embarrassment of bringing fried fish eyeballs to school for snack! Gilroy decides to take matters into his own hands… “Bait for Lunch” has delectable, droll illustrations. It will be devoured by second-graders everywhere. —Midwest Book Review
Gilroy is excited about spending some time with his Grandpa while his parents are on a trip….until he sees his Grandpa’s cooking. Octopus? Miso soup? Squid-kabobs? Those aren’t food! He’s even more upset when his grandfather brings all these weird foods to school. But when he sees his friends’ excited reactions, he realizes it’s not so bad to try new things and talks Grandpa into a compromise.There’s a good basic story here, not just about trying new things but about a cultural and generation gap… – Jean Little Library Blog
…While the story also touches on important themes like respect for elders, appreciation of cultural diversity, being a picky eater, family dynamics, and friendship, it is also laugh-out-loud funny and doesn’t pummel the reader with its “messages.” I highly recommend this book… – Holly Jahangiri