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Featured books by Erica S. Perl

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

By: Erica S. Perl
Illustrated by: George Bates
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

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.

Chicken Butt

By: Erica S. Perl
Illustrated by: Henry Cole
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

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

By: Erica S. Perl
Illustrated by: Henry Cole
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

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.

Dotty

By: Erica S. Perl
Illustrated by: Julia Denos
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

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

By: Erica S. Perl
Illustrated by: Michael Lester
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

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]

When Life Gives You O.J.

By: Erica S. Perl
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

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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