Andrew Lost #1: On the Dog (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) (英語) 図書館 – 2002/5/1
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When Andrew’s latest invention, the Atom Sucker, goes haywire, Andrew and Judy are shrunk down to microscopic level! Andrew and Judy find themselves lost on their neighbor’s dog, where they encounter everything from colossal fleas to crab-like eyelash mites. Now they have to find their way back to the Atom Sucker and get unshrunk before it’s too late!
J. C. Greenberg is the author of many books for young people in the library and reference field. She's a frequent visitor to schools and pays close attention to kid feedback. She's married to Dan Greenberg, author of The Zack Files, and lives in New York.
There are two things to be aware of: 1.) The robot talks like a toddler. His English is not great. I understand it, but find it annoying. 2.) This book does not end like a normal book. It ends with a "to be continued." This continues until the fourth book, when they finally get back to their normal size and their adventure ends. So if you buy this book, you should also buy books #2-#4.
I have five children, and I have read a story to at least one of them most nights for over 20 years. I love childrens books, but it is hard to find books that the children can really connect to. My children love science fiction, but most science fiction is written for older children or adults. There are some examples of good science fiction for younger children, like Janet Azimov's Norby series, but they are nearly all written for older children, and I have not found books for younger children that are as fun, interesting, and educational as the Andrew Lost series.
I started out reading these to my son, who was in 2nd grade at the time. He soon started to read them himself. They were his favorite books for several months, until his reading level improved and he moved on to more difficult books. They truly helped him develop as a reader.
I recommend these books for every elementary school library, and for most homes with young children. At least read the first book in the series, Andrew Lost on the Dog. It won't take long, and it does not cost very much. I think you'll like what you find.
One suggestion is to purchase them in sets because although the stories are self-contained, there are aspects of them that are connected. For example the first fours books (1-4) deal with adventures involving a shrinking machine, the second set (5-8) deal with underwater pursuits.