Dear Readeo Friends,

This week we introduce two titles from the witty Balloon Toons series. These books present the action in comics-style panels with a generous helping of humor. In Rick and Rack and the Great Outdoors by Ethan Long, Rack (a buck, or male deer) teaches his friend Rick the raccoon how to fish, decipher animal tracks while they’re hiking, and how to canoe. Each one ends with a funny twist.

In the second Balloon Toons tale, the cat-loving narrator teaches a friend (and all of us readers) how to do The Super Crazy Cat Dance of the book’s title. Author Aron Nels Steinke uses rhyme and sequential illustrations to model how to groove to the cat dance moves. You and your youngster will be on all fours to practice before you know it!

Our third title is another travel-themed treat from Laurie Krebs, author of this month’s featured book, We All Went on Safari–as well as We’re Roaming in the Rainforest. This week in her Off We Go to Mexico! illustrated by Christopher Corr, Laurie Krebs teaches us Spanish words as we go from la playa (the beach), and on to climb las pirĂ mides (the pyramids). You may recognize the fiesta-bright artwork of Christopher Corr from another book in our Readeo library: My Granny Went to Market by Stella Blackstone.

Off We Go to Mexico
Rick and Rack
The Super Crazy Cat Dance

Use Readeo this week to read or BookChat using these new books! Let us know what you think of the Balloon Toons books and your travels to Mexico on our Facebook page. We love hearing from you!

With all my best,
Jenny

Jenny Brown is the editor for Readeo and oversees all book selection for the site. She has worked in the children’s book world for the past 25 years, holding positions with HarperCollins and Scholastic, and was the Children’s Books Reviews Editor for Publisher’s Weekly.  She currently writes for School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and Shelf Awareness. Jenny graduated from Princeton University. You can read more from Jenny on her Web site, Twenty by Jenny.