September is usually the start of a new school year and either learning to read or cultivating that love of the all mighty book. And if your beginning to more advanced reader is looking for something new, Scholastic and their Acorn Books have two new additions to either add to or start your collection with (as they both come out in September 2020)
First, we start with The Great Bunk Bed Battle (Fox Tails #1). Based on some experiences author Tina Kugler has had with her own children, we have siblings Fritz and Franny (two precocious young foxes) dealing with the universal event of going to bed. First, one can PJ themselves faster; but that is okay, the other can brush their teeth faster. They do not want story time; they want to have dance time! After hugs, kisses and the tucking in of Fred (the dog) it is time for lights out. But not “lights out” for the imaginations of these two cubs. Nor “lights out” for the trouble they can get into. A basic beginning story about siblings, imagination and getting into mischief for the kindergartner to about low second grader. Due to the chapter format, makes for a great “one story at a time” format.
Then our second (and final mention) is A Magic Spark (Fairylight Friends #01). Jessica Young starts this series with a cute story about friendship, finding your talent and having fun. Ruby, Iris and Pip become fast friends on their first day of fairy school. This early to middle reader book has each fairy having solo or together adventures. In separate but connected chapters/stories, each fairy learns about themselves, the world around them and what magical power they have. These characters are modern in their looks, actions and personality. They are your children (they like to bake, make art, grow flowers, look at stars, spend time with friends and have fun). They learn lessons along the way (the stars are too far; you must do dishes then eat cake and patience is important). Also, they are all about fun. For ages kindergarten (high) to second grade.
And as with the different story lines the artwork various. There are simple, but just enough details by Kugler to make Franny, Fritz and Fred come to life. There are some clever positioning of the characters during their imagined adventures (be prepared to turn the book sideways once or twice) and cartoonish illustrations. Whereas with our Fairy friends, everything screams colors, fairies and a little more detail. They allow you to move through the story and pick up things about the plot and characters without having to be told. Marie Vanderbemden creates happy pieces of art that complement the text perfectly.