Friday, December 30, 2011

Best of 2011- #7- Bailey

This week at Ready. Set. Read! I am counting down our favorite new books of 2011. So far, I have shared these books:
#11 Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku
#10 Blue Chameleon
#9 Grandpa Green
#8 Pete the Cat, Rocking in my School Shoes
Today we are at #7- Bailey by Harry Bliss.

In Bailey by Harry Bliss, a dog named Bailey attends school at Champlain Elementary. Every day, he rushes to the bus and spends the day entertaining his fellow human students. He partakes in the normal school day functions. His best subjects are math and lunch. He gives reports, attends art class, and howls along in music. Along the way, however, he throws in some dog-like behavior. His attention is easily diverted by squirrels. He rides with his head out the bus window. He even eats his own homework! Bailey is a hilarious tale that will grab the attention of preschoolers through early elementary students. In fact, there is a lot of humor that adults will like too.
Bailey could be a great way to introduce the text structure of graphic novels. Each page is written with a simple one or two lines of text. The humor, however, is often in  the "side" conversations.
 This book could also be a fun way to compare and contrast appropriate school behavior for dogs as well as appropriate school behavior for humans.I sense a writing extension!
Bailey is also just a fun book to read aloud with your favorite funny kid! 
I originally posted this review on October 8, 2011 along with this book trailer.

Here's where I am sharing:

Shibley Smiles


  1. That reminded me that I wanted to check this book out as soon as it shows up in our library system. Thanks for joining WMCIR!