The Adventures of Zip: See Bip Grow! (Ready to Read: Ready-To-Go)

by David Milgrim (Author) David Milgrim (Illustrator)

Zip and Bip are back in the fourth book in the Adventures of Zip Ready-to-Go! series from author-illustrator David Milgrim, two-time Theodor Seuss Geisel Honoree!

See Zip zap. See Bip grow tall. Now Zip and Bip can play some ball! But as usual, things don't go according to plan for the hapless alien magician, Zip. See Bip grow so big that he flies away like a giant balloon! What will Zip (and Bip) do? Perfect for kids at the beginning of their reading journeys, See Bip Grow! was written for children who have learned the alphabet and are ready to start reading! And what better way to get kids excited than with a hilarious, out-of-this world story with words they can actually read? In this book, readers will learn 29 sight words and 16 words from 5 word families. So come on and get reading with Zip!

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Kirkus Reviews

Zip and Bip have the touch to zap fun into early reading. 

School Library Journal

Starred Review

Space alien Zip's back with smaller, diaper-wearing alien Bip for a new installment of Milgrim's "Adventures of Zip" series. Ball in hand, Zip zaps Bip to "grow tall" so they can "play some ball." As Zip bows proudly—"I am the best! / Far and away!"—Bip continues growing. And growing. And growing. Soon, Bip grows out of frame, big enough to blow away and fly "up, up, up / into the sky." Zip tries to zap Bip back, but the zaps are "much too low" to have any effect. Bip makes it all the way into space—smiling and laughing at every step of the journey. Bip discovers their own zap, shrinks back to small, and falls down toward Zip. Now who's the best? Rhyming text expertly repeats sight words and word families, along with a few "bonus words." With at most six lines per double page spread and around 60 unique words, the text should be accessible to emerging readers just starting to read independently. The book introduces each word in a list before the story so readers can practice before reading. Milgrim's expressive, bold-outlined characters pop off the pages, which have plenty of white space and few background details. The playful sense of scale and dynamic layouts heighten the humor. Discussion questions at the end of book not seen. VERDICT Infectious hilarity and clever repetition make this high-appeal title a standout. Milgrim's latest is extraterrestrial fun that feels like classic cartoon comedy.—Alec Chunn, Eugene P.L., OR

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David Milgrim
David Milgrim is the author and illustrator of more than thirty-five books, including the New York Times bestseller Goodnight iPad and the Adventures of Otto series. His books Go, Otto, Go! and See Pip Flap were each named a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife. Visit him at
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Guided Reading Level
Publication date
August 20, 2021
Ready to Read: Ready-To-Go

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