Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Review of Bramble and Maggie: Spooky Season by Jessie Haas

Bramble and Maggie: Spooky Season
by Jessie Haas
Illustrated by Alison Friend
Published 2014 by Candlewick Press
Early Chapter Book
56 Pages
Review copy obtained from publisher. 

Goodreads Summary
In their third adventure, Bramble and Maggie explore a new season together — fall! Leaves crunch underfoot. Acorns ping off rooftops. It all makes Bramble feel wonderfully spooky. But Bramble’s frisky-pretend-scary gait makes Maggie jumpy, and soon Bramble really is nervous. There are alarming new sights and sounds everywhere, like Mr. Dingle’s scarecrow. When Maggie takes a fall, will she want to get back in the saddle? And when Halloween comes, can Maggie trust Bramble to brave the tricks and lead them both safely to the treats?

My Thoughts
If you know a child, ages 5-8, who loves horses, this is a must-have series. With the perfect ratio of text to pictures, this series is perfect for children who are ready ease into the world of chapter books. Younger children who are not ready to read it on their own, will enjoy hearing the story read to them while looking at the big, colorful illustrations. 

In this third book of the series, the horse Bramble gets a bit spooked by all of the Halloween decorations and costumes. After Maggie falls off him, she must decide is she has the courage to get back on. Maggie demonstrates resiliency, courage and trust making this book a wonderful springboard into some deeper conversations in class and at home.  

I would definitely recommend this series for young readers. The first two books (Bramble and Maggie: Horse Meets Girl and Bramble and Maggie: Give and Take) are also available now. 

Want more books about horses? Jessie Haas uses her tremendous knowledge of horses in many books. Visit her website here.

Visit Alison Friend's website here.  

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