Terri L Sanders
Illustrator: Terri L Sanders
Story: 5 stars Highly Recommended
eFormat: 2 stars
As dusk falls, brothers Alex
and David forget play to watch the evening insects. Alex most
wants to see a night fly. The boys are treated to a variety of
nocturnal insects as they come out of their daytime lairs.
Writer Sanders has written and
illustrated an engaging little 17 page ebook about children and
for children. Night Flies should be well received by children
in the primary grades. The book has many inviting touches: one
I found particularly appealing was the use of 'june bugs' as
the signals for moving back or forward. Another nice touch was
the providing of coloring sheets which can be downloaded to the
home printer for children to continue their fun.
I would like to see a small note
stating the target reading level for vocabulary used in the book.
This would be an aid to parents, teachers and especially the
media personnel who are the ones who purchase books for school
libraries. Vocabulary used is 'read alone' for ages 8 and 9,
is 'read to'
Detracting from the book's good
points is the format: in order to view this book for review I
had to download from the Crossroads site: 23 minutes and was
presented with 80 separate files. 69 files are jpg, 21 are HTML,
believing that books begin with the cover I clicked cover, and
found only cover, no way to continue. Clicked a second cover
with the same result. Finally on my third try I found the cover
which led to June bug progression.
Young children will find this
particular format frustrating in that they will not be able to
use alone. I prefer the format used by other sites in which the
book is self contained and one item only appears on the screen.