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

by Sarah Weeks (Author) Jane Manning (Illustrator)

Written in the style of P. D. Eastman's classic Big Dog . . . Little Dog, this modern-day alley-cat odd couple will delight beginning readers.

Mac loves to run and play, but Cheese likes lazy lounging. When Mac's hat blows away, will Cheese sit there like a lump or spring into action to save it?

Mac and Cheese 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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K-Gr 1--Macaroni and Cheese may be best friends, but the two street cats couldn't be more different in their likes and dislikes. A day in his paw prints reveals that Macaroni will eat anything and simply loves "bouncing, pouncing, flipping." Puzzled, he levels with his friend--"I like to flip and skip and sing, but Cheese, you don't like anything." Quiet and fastidious Cheese truthfully replies, "The only thing I like to do is sit here quietly with you." As an errant gust of wind steals Mac's very blue and very flat hat, Cheese proves he's more than a do-nothing grump in order to get it back. This book is a Level 1 addition to the series. Correspondingly, the simple sentences with ample white space suit the brief snippets of rhyming dialogue between the two characters, and brightly colored watercolor illustrations of the feline alley friends reveal expressions ranging from Mac's sheer glee to Cheese's exasperated disgust. Simplicity of text, action illustrated to lead readers in turning the page, and a satisfying conclusion makes this easy reader a solid selection for all libraries.--Mary Elam, Learning Media Services Plano ISD, TX

Copyright 2010 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Sarah Weeks
David Small is the illustrator of many award-winning books, including The Library, the Caldecott Medal winner So You Want to Be President?, and the Caldecott Honor books The Gardener and One Cool Friend. He lives in Michigan with his wife, the writer Sarah Stewart, and an outdoor cat named Mabel.
Sarah Weeks was born and raised in the United States. She is the author of numerous award-winning novels, including Save Me a Seat with Gita Varadarajan, Honey, Pie, So B. It, Oggie Cooder, and Oggie Cooder: Party Animal. She lives in New York and teaches in the MFA program at the New School in New York City. She can be found on the web at sarahweeks.com.
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9780061170799
Lexile Measure
430L
Guided Reading Level
J
Publisher
HarperCollins
Publication date
October 20, 2010
Series
I Can Read! Level 1: Beginning Reading
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV002180 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, etc.
JUV043000 - Juvenile Fiction | Readers | Beginner
Library of Congress categories
Cats
Friendship
Stories in rhyme
Individuality
Best friends
Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award
Honor Book 2011 - 2011

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