Mac and Cheese and the Perfect Plan (I Can Read! Level 1: Beginning Reading)

by Sarah Weeks (Author) Jane Manning (Illustrator)

Mac and Cheese and the Perfect Plan (I Can Read! Level 1: Beginning Reading)

Mac wants to spend a day at the beach, but Cheese would rather stay in bed.

Can Mac convince his best friend that the sea is the place to be?

Mac and Cheese and the Perfect Plan is a Level One I Can Read book, which means it's perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences.

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School Library Journal

K-Gr 1--Beginning readers will relate to the felines' conflict of interests and temperaments as Mac attempts to convince Cheese to leave their alley and take a trip to the beach. Cranky Cheese prefers to lounge in his garbage can but Mac is persistent, wearing down his friend's resistance by repeatedly singing a song. Mac packs milk and crackers, and Cheese takes "a hat, /some flip-flops, and a little mat./A ring. A rake./A fan. A cake./A pail. A cup./Mac packs it up." All of this packing makes them miss the bus to the beach but the story wraps up with a satisfying conclusion. Manning's colorful watercolor illustrations dramatically express the push and pull between these characters and take the grit out of the urban background. Two to four lines of text appear on each page with plenty of picture clues to help beginners decode the words and enjoy the story. A good choice for fans of Alyssa Satin Capucilli's "Biscuit" (HarperCollins) and Tedd Arnold's "Fly Guy" (Scholastic) books.--Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI

Copyright 2012 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

Praise for MAC AND CHEESE: "Offers a rhyming text with some nice turns of phrase as well as appealing, stylized illustrations."—Booklist
Sarah Weeks
Sarah Weeks has written many books for children, including If I Were a Lion, Paper Parade, Angel Face, So B. It, and Two eggs, please. She lives in New York City. When Sarah can't get to sleep, she goes through the alphabet in her head, trying to think of people she knew in elementary school whose names begin with each letter.

DAVID DIAZ has been an illustrator and graphic designer for more than twenty-five years. His children's book illustrations have earned him many honors and awards, including the Caldecott Medal for Smoky Night by Eve Bunting. He also illustrated the Newbery Medal winner, The Wanderer by Sharon Creech, The Gospel Cinderella by Joyce Carol Oates, Angel Face by Sarah Weeks, and Little Scarecrow's Boy by Margaret Wise Brown, which was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. His bold, stylized work has appeared in editorials for national publications such as The New York Times, Washington Post, Business Week, and The Atlantic Monthly. He lives in Carlsbad, California, and more of his work can be seen at
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
March 20, 2012
I Can Read! Level 1: Beginning Reading
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV002050 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Cats
JUV043000 - Juvenile Fiction | Readers | Beginner
Library of Congress categories
Stories in rhyme
Best friends

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