Erica Perl writes for books for young, middle and young adult readers sure to tickle funny bones and strike a recognizable chord as readers get ready for everything, from school to bedtime. So grab a book by Erica Perl and meet engaging characters while enjoying lively language in books by this talented author.
Chicken Bedtime Is Really Early
The countdown to bedtime begins as farm animals go through familiar routines in preparation for sleep. Illustrations use bold shapes in primary colors, to complement rhyming bedtime rituals very well-known to children and their parents.
The rhyming conversation between a boy and his dad begins when a naughty chicken follows them home. As the father reads his newspaper, the boy asks, "You know what?" "What?" A turn of the page reveals the rhyming response. Rollicking good kid humor abounds in both the dialogue and the comic illustrations.
Chicken Butt's Back
The rascally child introduced in Chicken Butt returns. Here, he gets his poor mom to say all kinds of rhyming words as he plays with homophones (think: but, butt; bare, bear). Cartoon illustrations add to the humor of the mother-son conversation.
Like many children, Ida is accompanied by her imaginary friend to her first day of school. As the year goes on, however, other children forget their chums. Not so for Ida and her ever-loyal Dotty who wind up in a bit of trouble. Charming illustrations depict inventive creatures and recognizable emotions in this reassuring story.
Ninety-Three in My Family
His teacher keeps count as a boy describes the comings and goings of the 93 human and animal members of his full household. Readers will want to calculate, too, as they enjoy the animated chaos in this engaging counting adventure.[Note — This book is out of print but available used on Amazon and in libraries]
The Capybara Conspiracy: A Novel in Three Acts
Seventh grader Olive is tired of feeling left out at school because she prefers acting in the drama club rather than playing a sport. Her school is so sports crazy that the principal never acknowledges any of the other clubs during the morning announcements. Olive decides it's time to take action and embarks on a game plan to ensure that her drama club and other groups at school get the attention they deserve. A perfect book for Readers' Theater!
When Life Gives You O.J.
Ten-year old Zelly Fried, still adjusting to her family's move to Vermont, wants a dog. Is she ready to take on a "practice dog" made from an empty orange juice container as suggested by her eccentric grandfather? Readers will laugh out loud at Zelly's narration; it rings true as she grows, adjusts to her new home and friends, and works toward a real dog.
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