A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows the use of logic and sequential operations to achieve a goal.
Teamwork can help everyone get ahead. Persevere and use your strengths even when it seems like others are more skilled. Apologize when you hurt someone.
Positive Role Models
The parents and older video game players are kind and supportive. The friends apologize to each other in real life when things don't go well in a game.
Two of the main characters are not White, a detail not central to the series plots.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Thomas Flintham's graphic novel series Press Start! brings real-life lessons into the virtual world and vice-versa as a set of friends goes on video game quests in this engaging adventure series for beginning readers. The word repetition and colorful images on each page help those learning sight words, and the quests in each book are fast-paced and fun to read. The end of each book has questions about the plot that help check reading comprehension and more.
Is It Any Good?
Characters' adventures in simple, repetitive words on brightly colored pages are a treat for early readers learning sight words, especially those who know and love gaming scenarios. The PRESS START! SERIES might be less engaging for non-gamers, but Thomas Flintham understands the ways virtual worlds operate, and makes these simple stories fun for readers who aren't yet ready for chapter books but want longer storylines.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.