|Seriously, is there anything that J. Patrick Lewis can not write? The Children’s Poet Laureate has plenty of non-poetry books, too. And Tugg and Teeny is his series of easy readers from Sleeping Bear Press. Tugg’s a gorilla, Teeny’s a monkey, and they’re best friends. And they are adorable!
In both Book One and Book Two (Jungle Surprises), three short stories will charm the pants off any new reader. Besides the great relationship between the characters and the wonderful illustrations (by Christopher Denise), what I love most about these books is that they deliver real stories. Not just anecdotes. Pat uses his poet’s skill at condensing to give us actual plots within minimal word counts. Interesting, satisfying plots. Emerging readers deserve nothing less.