Published by Scholastic
Summary: Similar to the Branches imprint, Scholastic now has Acorn, books for emerging readers. They’re described as being at a Grade 1 Scholastic Reading Level, which translates to about a Level J in the Fountas and Pinnell world. There are four series so far: Hello, Hedgehog! by Norm Feuti, featuring a friendly hedgehog and his guinea pig pal; Unicorn and Yeti by Heather Ayris Burnell, the somewhat surreal pairing of an extra-sparkly unicorn and a yeti; Crabby by Jonathan Fenske, all about a really crabby crab; and a reissued Dragon series by Dav Pilkey. Each series has 2-3 books so far, each 48-64 pages long, with almost all the words in the form of cartoon bubble dialogue. A final page offers extension activities, such as directions on how to draw a character and a writing prompt. 48-64 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: If the Branches series are any indication, these are sure to be a hit. Cute, friendly, and mildly humorous characters paired with a graphic novel look and cartoon bubble dialogue seems like a recipe for success.
Cons: At the risk of sounding like a cranky old librarian, I wonder if kids will even know what quotation marks are in another generation.