Zack’s Alligator and the First Snow (I Can Read! Book 2)
Reviewed by Madison Schlarman (age 5) and Mom for Reader Views (2/12)
Zack and his imaginary friend Bridget are back and this time they are playing in the snow! When winter hits, Zack’s family heads to the lake to go ice fishing. Bridget, Zack’s key chain, grows in the cold and enjoys a wintery day full of fun and discovery with his best friend Zack. When all’s said and done, everyone will be ready to go home and rest until Bridget returns again.
“First they go to the lake. It is frozen. They look for fish. Bridget grows and grows. They make snow angels. Bridget sees snow for the first time. Mom and dad are getting hot cocoa; Bridget splashed and ate all the fish. Bridget says hi to the snow man. At the end Bridget shrinks and shrinks. Zack puts Bridget back in his pocket for next time. There are lots of other Bridget stories. I would like to read them. I ‘kinda’ like the book. Bridget is Zack’s pretend friend. The boy was probably sleeping on the snow and then woke up after Bridget has lots of fun.”
I love the “I Can Read!” series. That being said, this book was developmentally on target with evolving readers, but lacked in the interest category. Level 2 books of the “I Can Read!” series are marketed as high interest stories for developing readers, but this story lacked in interest. I found myself losing my own attention span during the book because of how many times Zack and Bridget’s names come up. The storyline was slightly confusing and seemed to just jump around. While Madison liked “Zack’s Alligator and the First Snow” enough, it wasn’t a favorite of hers and she didn’t ask to read it often. Madison loves to read and with so many books at her fingertips, this one fell through the cracks of interest. She preferred to read other books before this one and I can’t say I disagree with her. I would consider this due to the “pretend” friend aspect of the book, but Madison has many toys that she considers friends and play with like they are. They even age and have feelings, which lead me to believe this particular story just didn’t catch her interest.