A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Lots of word repetition, and shows how words and letters are an important part of storytelling.
Silliness is fun; keep looking for the answer even when the rest of the world seems crazy and out of sorts.
Positive Role Models
The janitor and police officer are no help, but the narrator is persistent.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Josh Lieb's Chapter Two is Missing is a silly, engaging mystery that uses eye-popping illustrations as much as words to tell a story. The prime suspect in the hunt for the missing part of the book, the janitor, will delight young readers (and parents who are reading aloud) when he sweeps up letters and rearranges punctuation on the pages. This use of words as props in the story will remind emerging readers to pay attention to letters and sounds, and it's just plain fun to read. The black and white drawings enhance the narrator's frantic tone, and the yellow adds a nice comedic touch. The story is playful and witty -- and you'll need a mirror to solve the mystery!
Is It Any Good?
Creative, energetic, and full of fun, this mystery is a unique take on storytelling that will delight young readers. Chapter Two is Missing weaves words and illustrations together with silly banter to make the book more about the behind-the-scenes making of the book than the mystery itself. Saying the words with missing letters makes reading aloud fun and entertaining, and here's a tip for anyone who wants to know the truth about Chapter 2: Unless the reader is proficient in reading backward, have a mirror handy to see how the mystery is solved.
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