James to the Rescue

By: Elise Broach

Illustrator: Kelly Murphy

While Marvin—a beetle—and his family collect items for their home, Uncle Albert stabs himself with a pair of nail scissors. They need James, Marvin’s human friend, to help! Black-and-white pen-and-ink illustrations.

ISBN: 9781627793162

JLG Release: Jan 2016


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Beetles , Human-animal relationships , Friendship , Collectors and collecting , Rescues

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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There is something universally compelling about little critters having their own world, mostly hidden from adults (witness the staying power of the Littles, the Borrowers, and the Doll People), and Broach and Murphy (The Miniature World of Marvin and James, rev. 5/14) are back with another such story for new chapterbook readers. Marvin, a lo There is something universally compelling about little critters having their own world, mostly hidden from adults (witness the staying power of the Littles, the Borrowers, and the Doll People), and Broach and Murphy (The Miniature World of Marvin and James, rev. 5/14) are back with another such story for new chapterbook readers. Marvin, a lovable beetle, is excited: he and his cousin Elaine are going collecting for the first time with Papa and Uncle Albert in the Pompadays’ apartment, where the beetles live behind a cupboard in the kitchen. When the other three all find treasures (a dime, a tack, and some used chewing gum), Marvin feels low. He eventually finds something interesting, but no one knows what it is. Then Uncle Albert is accidentally cut by a pair of nail scissors, and Marvin must enlist the aid of his best friend, the human James, who is both sensible and caring. Finding a story that beginning chapter-book readers can read and also want to read is no easy task, but Broach, aided by Murphy’s frequent detailed black-and-white illustrations, has created just that. The emotional connection between James and Marvin is clear, and the exciting plot compels readers to keep turning the pages. What did Marvin find that is so valuable to James? Will Uncle Albert survive his injuries? The possibilities for adventure are endless, and young readers and teachers looking for a quick, satisfying read (and read-aloud) for the early primary grades will enjoy this installment and look forward to many more. robin l. smith

Book Details

ISBN

9781627793162

First Release

January 2016

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

112

Accelerated Reader

Level 3; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 2.6; Points: 3;

Lexile

Level 590L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Henry Holt

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Beetles, Human-animal relationships, Friendship, Collectors and collecting, Rescues,

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