It isn't clear at the start who's giving out the advice, but the 10 steps offered here for teaching someone to read are surprisingly sound—especially considering who's being taught. Slugs are notoriously nonintellectual, but Pearson handles the situation with a fairly straightforward approach: "9. Read your slug's favorite poems with him as many times as he wants. Read him other books too!" It's the illustrator who gets to go wild. Slonim's amusingly cartoonish images of a wilderness library include a little yellow slug happily learning, an orange mother slug (wearing lipstick and mascara) patiently explaining vocabulary definitions, copies of classic slug kid lit (Go Slug, Go!, The Snail in the Hat), and other diverting scenes. The master instructor turns out to be a little boy, and young readers will be able to relate to his growing mastery of reading and to his desire to share his new knowledge. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.Review by School Library Journal Reviews
K-Gr 2—This charming and funny manual is also informative for older siblings or parents who are beginning the teaching process themselves. The bits of advice include: "Attach labels to Little Slug's favorite things," "Read out loud to him," "Point out words that repeat," "Sound out words," "Make a vocabulary list," and "Be patient." Everything is made amusing by adding the slug perspective ("underline favorite words in slug slime"). Presented in a combination of bold text and speech bubbles, Pearson's text is simple and appealing. Illustrations are cartoonish with plenty of bug appeal, humor, and a scintilla of grossness. Beyond its cleverness, this is a terrific bookfomercial for READING. The final pages share some of the joys to be found in books in an unpreachy way. And that is no small achievement.—Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME [Page 86]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Provides simple, step-by-step instructions for teaching a slug how to read, including using Mother Slug rhymes, helping your slug sound out words, and making vocabulary lists.Review by Publisher Summary 2
A little boy explains to Mama Slug how to teach Little Slug to read. Here are a few of his reading rules: Attach labels to Little Slug’s favorite things; Read out loud to him; Point out words that repeat; Sound out words; Make a vocabulary list; Be patient! And, of course, it helps if Little Slug can see the book, so prop it up and set him on a rock! David Slonim’s hilarious acrylic and charcoal illustrations and Susan Pearson’s witty text show that reading can be fun!