cover image Brand New Readers Red Set

Brand New Readers Red Set

Various, Candlewick. Candlewick Press (MA), $12.99 (80pp) ISBN 978-0-7636-2062-2

Ten brief paperback books for fledgling readers come in the reclosable boxed set of Brand New Readers: Red Set and Brand New Readers: Blue Set, including Edna Dances, about a tutu-clad elephant who spins and leaps; and The Big Fish, in which the tables turn when a mouse goes fishing. With contributions by a variety of authors and illustrators, among them Phyllis Root, Janie Bynum and Scott Nash, the books begin with a note to parents with suggestions for making reading easy and fun. Each page features one line of text and a simple, inviting illustration that helps make the text's meaning clear. The sturdy boxed sets also include a certificate of achievement, a foldout poster, stickers, a guide for parents and teachers, and a blank book in which kids can write and draw.