Candlewick Press Early Reader Books + Giveaway


We received copies of the 3 books to help facilitate our review.

My 7 year old is a HUGE reader and I loved how her face lit up when I introduced her to 3 new Candlewick Press books!

Good Dog, McTavish

By Meg Rosoff, illustrated by Grace Easton

When Ma Peachey takes up yoga, the rest of the family finds themselves abandoned to chaos: no one cooks dinner, no one picks up the dirty laundry, the children are always late for school, and there is a good deal of squabbling and squalor. Ma may be off finding inner peace, but irritable Pa Peachey, glum Ava, and wannabe girl-charmer Ollie are falling apart. Only Betty, the sensible youngest child, is wise enough to see that this family is in need of rescue. Enter McTavish, a rescue dog who, true to his mission, is ready to teach this family some new tricks. Getting the Peacheys to behave will take work, but if anyone can do it, McTavish can. After all, he’s a very good dog — maybe even a psychological mastermind!

Where’s Waldo? Exciting Expeditions

By Martin Handford

On the road again? Planning a vacation? Be sure to pack this compact compendium full of things to spot, story games to play, and puzzles to create, featuring the elusive Waldo and his wily friends. Want a creative challenge to boot? Check out the writing prompts for making up your own stories, plus bonus journal pages inviting you to record your own travel escapades and a creative story game with twenty-four cards. Move over, Waldo — there’s more than one intrepid traveler in town!

Juana and Lucas: Big Problemas

By Juana Medina

Juana’s life is just about perfect. She lives in the beautiful city of Bogotá with her two most favorite people in the world: her mami and her dog, Lucas. Lately, though, things have become a little less perfect. Mami has a new hairdo and a new amigo named Luis with whom she has been spending a LOT of time. He is kind and teaches Juana about things like photography and jazz music, but sometimes Juana can’t help wishing things would go back to the way they were before. When Mami announces that she and Luis are getting married and that they will all be moving to a new casa, Juana is quite distraught. Lucky for her, though, some things will never change — like how much Mami loves her. Based on author-illustrator Juana Medina’s own childhood in Colombia, this joyful series is sure to resonate with readers of all ages.

My take: I really thought my favorite book would be Where’s Waldo? because my entire family loves to search for Waldo and his friends. To my surprise Good Dog, McTavish stole my daughter’s and my heart. This book is utterly charming and teaches kids to appreciate their mothers! A darling book. Juana and Lucas: Big Problemas is a great book as well, offering so many educational details. I love how spanish/english words are both incorporated. Juana has a lot to deal with in her life, like so many children and this book is a great way to help discover that things aren’t always as bad as they seem.

One lucky MommyPR reader will win all 3 of these great books: Good Dog, McTavish, Juana and Lucas: Big Problemas and Where’s Waldo? Exciting Expeditions!


Comments (37)

  1. I have a 7-year-old as well! I would love to give these to him.

  2. I would love to give these wonderful books to my kids. I know that they would enjoy reading them.

  3. Audrey Stewart · Edit

    I would give these to Samantha. She is starting school this year.

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