A Book Better for Learning lessons than for Fun?

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Lucy's Tricks and Treats, by Ilene Cooper, illustrates how you can't think or say something about someone until you know their story.

Lucy's Tricks and Treats, by Ilene Cooper, illustrates how you can't think or say something about someone until you know their story. In the beginning of the story, it introduces you to; the main character Bobby, his friends Candy and Shawn, and his beagle, Lucy. But along the way, there is a new kid in their class, who the gang isn't very fond about, Jake. To make things worse, they are even stuck doing an assignment with him!  Whenever they try to talk to him, it seems like Jake's ignoring them!  And ever since Jack came around, things start to go missing! This leads Bobby, Shawn, Candy on an adventure for sure!

 

I thought this book was okay. I liked having a break from all those textbooks, and reading something easier with pictures, but it wasn't something I'd want to read over again. And yet,  I love to read children's books, and this book didn't do justice like some of the other children's books. For example, Bad Kitty Gets a Bath is much better than Lucy's Trick and Treats because it has more pictures, funny quirks, and emotion. Although, I liked the part in the first few pages when Bobby and Lucy were at the pet store and looking for matching Halloween costumes, and they found a matching pirate costume for Lucy. His parents didn't think that she would wear it, but it turns out that she loved it, and the smell of it. The picture of it in the book was so cute!  All of the illustrations are in black and white, but they are well drawn with great detail.  Lucy definitely looked happy to be wearing the costume.

 

I would only recommend this book for second-third grade teachers who want their students to learn a valuable lesson about people and judgment.

 

To conclude, Lucy's Tricks and Treats is good for academic purposes, but not for fun.