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.
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, MICopyright 2012 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.