Title: 3, 2, 1, Go!
Author & Illustrator: Emily Arnold McCully
Publisher: Holiday House
Summary: Ann and Bess are playing school. Ann tells Min that she is not ready for school and tells her not to to step over the line she draws in the dirt. On the other side of the line, Min builds an elaborate fulcrum to rocket herself over the line and into the school. Min proudly announces that she did not step over the line… she flew over it!
Literary Merit: Through simple language and engaging pictures the author leads the reader to conclude that Min is really ready to play with the older elephants by doing something spectacular.
Kid Appeal: Early readers will enjoy the clever way Min outsmarts the older ‘smarter elephants’.
Disclaimer: This book was nominated for the 2015 CYBILS Award in the Easy Reader category. This review is shared as part of the Round One Judging. It is solely my own opinion and not influenced by any other parties.