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LOOK OUT, JEREMY BEAN!  by Alice Schertle


by Alice Schertle and illustrated by David Slonim

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: May 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8118-5609-6
Publisher: Chronicle

A school assignment to share collections prompts Jeremy Bean to become a collector of stories about himself, which he hopes he can share with his grandchildren as his Gramps has shared stories with him. This engaging transitional work is organized into three “books” that explore Jeremy’s efforts to become a collector, his search for dust bunnies and his solution to the problem of a St. Patrick’s Day costume (a slightly revised version of Jeremy Bean’s St. Patrick’s Day, illustrated by Linda Shute, 1987). Each section is further divided into chapters, providing good breaks in the reading, but the narrative contains enough tension to keep readers going. Jeremy cleverly solves his own problems, but he gets help from two supportive older males, his grandfather and a not-so-scary-after-all principal. Librarians will welcome the return of this popular character. Simple straightforward sentences and regular repetition of words help chapter-book readers, who will find Jeremy’s world familiar and his stories appealing; Slonim’s cheerful grey-scale illustrations appear on every page, ranging in size and scale and adding extra humor. Here’s hoping Jeremy will soon collect some more. (Fiction. 5-8)