Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Albie Newton by Josh Funk and Ester Garay

Albie Newton 
by Josh Funk and Ester Garay
Published May 1, 2018
Sterling Children's Books
Picture Book
32 pages
Review copy provided by publisher

Goodreads Summary
Meet Albie Newton: child genius. He’s a whiz at inventing things. But is he inventive enough to figure out how to make friends?
When precocious inventor Albie Newton enters a new preschool, he concocts the perfect plan for making friends. Unfortunately, it involves stealing the hamster’s wheel, snatching the wings off of Dave’s toy airplane, and generally making a giant mess. Now everyone’s angry at Albie! Will his new invention delight the other kids enough to make everything right—and finally win their friendship?

My Thoughts
Albie Newton is certainly not like the other kids in his class. He is a big thinker who learned foreign languages, wrote poetry and was a whiz at math. Although he wants to make friends, he doesn't seem to know how to interact with the other children. When he seems to be stealing the classroom supplies, he is really trying to create a special invention to please his classmates. 
The characters are adorable and represent various shapes, sizes, ethnicities and abilities. The story is told using Funk's signature rhyming text and exposes young readers to some more sophisticated vocabulary. 
I would recommend Albie Newton most for grades K-3. 

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