Daily Archives: September 6, 2012

Day 6, book 6: Brownie and Pearl Make Good by Cynthia Rylant

Okay, how did I miss this series? Brownie and Pearl Make Good is number eight in the series by Cynthia Rylant, with illustrations by Brian Biggs. Sadly, it is the final book about Brownie and her kitty sidekick, Pearl. As Brian Biggs says over at his blog, “little girls all over America can go cry in their tea cups.” And I think they will. Really.

In this installment, Brownie and Pearl break the family’s radio after running too fast in the house. “Uh-oh. Someone is NOT happy.” That Someone is Mom. So Brownie and Pearl set about making good. They tidy up the house, from the kitchen to the playroom to Pearl’s kitty bed. When they’re finished, they do a little singing (since the radio is kaput, plus, singing is fun). All is well, forgiveness is granted.

This is an example of a book that gets everything right for the intended audience. Rylant writes in simple, clear sentences, using entirely kid-friendly, age-appropriate language. The font is large, and stands out against the plain white background. The pictures are big, zoomed right in on Brownie and Pearl to make them the focus on every page, and the bold colours capture your interest. Brownie and Pearl experience something real and relatable, and there’s a life lesson to be learned here but it doesn’t knock you over for being so obvious.

Brownie and Pearl Make Good is ideal for emerging readers, and I’m going out to buy all eight for the library’s kindergarten collection. (They also look super cute with all of the spines lined up in a row. See?)

Brownie and Pearl Make Good is published by Beach Lane Books.