Rotating sample images of each of the five books (Amazon link) includes the cover, two inside story pages and two inside activity pages.
The Comic Phonics collection is for children just starting to read. It engages them with comical illustrations and a funny story told with two-, three-, and four-letter words.
Almost all of those tiny words are CVC words made up of a consonant, a short vowel, and another consonant–the first words children learn to read. Children can sound out the letters, combine them to pronounce the word, and learn how to read while having fun. Even with its basic vocabulary, these stories are true literature with a beginning, middle and end. Playful drawings give a visual context for understanding the meaning of words and for stimulating discussion.
Fun activity pages follow the story to encourage vocabulary use and understanding: filling in the missing vowel, a word search, answering riddles, matching words to pictures, a crossword puzzle and discriminating between similar-looking words.
For more than 20 years, Mrs. K has been tutoring early readers. She wrote her own books when she couldn’t find authentic stories (with a beginning, middle, and end) written in entry level phonics. She learned that the more ridiculous the story, the more apt early learners are to read it.
These books are a collaboration between Mrs. K and her sister, illustrator Mrs. A Both are former public school teachers with masters degrees in education.
In Look, Babysitter, Look, little Nell is supposed to be sleeping while Mom is out. But instead, she skateboards through the house, paints the dog, juggles and drops eggs, and even twirls around on the ceiling fan. Meanwhile, Liz, the babysitter, gabs on her phone, oblivious, until Mom is due back. Then the babysitter angrily sends Nell to bed and cleans up the mess. When Mom returns, she says what an angel Nell is. Will the babysitter tell what really happened?
The story’s expressive child and babysitter, its humorous situations, and its simple yet silly drawings engage the beginning reader who will learn to read the story by sounding out the many consonant-vowel-consonant words like but, can, did, dog, doll, dress and drops.
In Not a Lot on Top, a girl who wishes her bald father had hair experiments by covering his head with a mop, a fishing net, a lamp shade, a kitchen pot, a paper bag and even a cat. Then she sees a photo of her father holding her as a baby, and realizes if he loved her as a bald baby, she can love him just the way he is.
The story’s animated child and father, humorous situations and playful illustrations coax beginning readers to sounding out the many consonant-vowel-consonant words like jump, just, kid, lamp, let, and look.
In Not Yet, Baby, a baby wants to do what his big brother does: drink from a cup, ride a rocking pig, walk the dog, jump on a trampoline, swim in a pool, and take the school bus. But he is too little, so his mother’s hands pluck him away while encouraging the big brother to grow.
The story’s determined baby and energetic big brother, its humorous situations, and its colorful drawings encourage beginning readers to read the story by sounding out the many consonant-vowel-consonant words like sips, soft, sand, swim, swing, and tells.
In Dad Won’t Let Go of Meg’s Yo-yo, Dad gives Meg a yo-yo for her sixth birthday. Instead of cutting the string shorter, he shows Meg the many tricks he knows: tossing the yo-yo over his head, walking the dog, skinning the cat, and flicking and spinning the yo-yo. But Dad won’t let go! Meg leaves, discouraged. Eventually, Dad realizes he has been a bad dad and apologizes. Meg says it’s all right, and Dad cuts the yo-yo string to fit Meg. Meg is happy with her new gift.
The story’s lively child and father illustrations attract and hold the attention of beginning readers who are able read the story by sounding out the many consonant-vowel-consonant words like plods, puts, sad, set, six, skin and spins.
In Play, Pop, Play, little Tom wants his grandfather, Pop, to play with him. Over and over Tom asks, and over and over Pop agrees to search for bugs, to hide in a tent, to play trucks under the table, and to swim in a blow-up pool. When at last Pop naps in a hammock, Tom climbs onto a tree bough overhead and scares Pop who climbs up after him, hugging little Tom.
The story’s persistent child and his obliging grandfather, its playful situations, and its simple yet touching drawings charm beginning readers who will sound out the many consonant-vowel-consonant words like asks, at, bills, bugs, buns, but, can and dog.