Smick by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Juana Medina

Published by Viking Books for Young Readers

Summary:  Smick is a dog who likes to chase sticks.  When he sees a chick, he wants to chase that, too.  The two become friends, and Smick has a new sidekick…or sidechick, as the case may be.

Pros:  Minimalist in text (the story is told with only 15 different words) and pictures, this book could be used in many different ways with kids.  They could add to the story by looking at the pictures.  Beginning readers could read a whole book themselves.  It would lend itself to a quick readers’ theater.  The bold line illustrations and wordplay add to the appeal.

Cons:  If you’re trying to fill class time with a book, look elsewhere.

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