This month, R2S recommends two books by the acclaimed author Derrick Barnes. If "Santa's Gotta Go" and "Like Lava in My Veins" aren't already included in your family reading list, you're missing out on captivating tales that span the realms of superpowers and fantasy.
These books offer an abundance of creativity and entertainment along with valuable life lessons. Check out the concise summaries below, along with a reading comprehension guide, to ensure your children not only enjoy the stories but also fully grasp their meaning.
Monte and Mabel's Christmas dream of hanging out with Santa Claus comes true when his sleigh breaks down in their yard. However, their joy turns to chaos as Santa, an inexperienced house guest, disrupts their routine with late-night rock sessions and quirky habits.
When Santa goes too far by meddling with Dad's motorcycle and Mabel's tablet, the family decides they can't live with him anymore, creating a comically challenging task of saying goodbye to Santa Claus. The story, filled with humor and entertaining mishaps, offers a unique perspective on the challenges of hosting Santa Claus. With its funny reminders about wishful thinking and the value of spreading holiday cheer, the book provides a light and enjoyable read for all ages during the festive season.
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Bobby Beacon, possessing fire-based super powers, enrolls in a new school to develop his abilities. However, an unfriendly teacher triggers a confrontation, leading Bobby to the principal's office, and intensifying his struggle to maintain composure.
Fortunately, in a new class, a compassionate teacher helps him navigate and control his temper. This book offers valuable lessons in self-discovery, emotional control, and empathy, making it a beneficial read for families. Its universal themes, such as managing temper and adapting to new environments, provide relatable messages for young readers.
Free Printable Reading Guides
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