Andy & Sandy books by Tomie dePaola, co-written with Jim Lewis

Published by Simon and Schuster

    

Summary:  Andy is a short, quiet, dark-haired boy; Sandy is a tall, louder, red-haired girl.  In their first adventure, they both play alone at the playground until they realize they can only enjoy the seesaw if they get together.  In the second installment, a playdate turns into a series of masquerades when they discover an old trunk filled with dress-up clothes.  Book #3 is due out in October.  32 pages; ages 3-7.

Pros:  Told in about two dozen short, simple sentences, these would be excellent first books for beginning readers.  As always, Tomie dePaola’s illustrations are charming.

Cons:  The stories lack the originality and humor of another set of easy reader friends, Elephant and Piggie.

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