Zig and Wikki in The Cow by Nadja Spiegelman. Illustrated by Trade Loeffler. (US) - (Canada)
A Toon Book, Level 3
Finished: Feb. 22, 2012
First Published: Feb. 14, 2012
Publisher: Toon Books
Genre: graphic novel, easy reader, science-based
First sentence: "Wikki! I think my pet fly is sick."
Publisher's Summary: "When alien pals Zig and Wikki lose their spaceship on Earth, their friendship is definitely in trouble. In order to get home, they must travel through a farm and into a cow, picking up fun facts about ecology (and picking fights) along the way."
Acquired: Received a Review Copy from Candlewick Press.
Reason for Reading: Ds read aloud to me as his reader.
I love the Toon Books! I've read every one since they first came out but with this newest batch I've cut back to the Level 3s only as my son has outgrown the first two levels. Zig and Wikki are wonderful here and I love this book even more than their first appearance. This book was a little challenging for him to read but he enjoyed it so much that didn't bother him. He mostly reads in a monotone, or worse in a strange fake voice, but he was actually using expression reading Wikki's parts when he became frustrated with Zig. I could feel his anticipation as these funny parts of the story came up. He is a science-minded boy, so the themes presented interested him and of course you can always entertain a boy with poop! Though he did enjoy the part where they were actually in the cow the most. A great read and I think this series is going to appeal to a wide range of ages since it can easily be read aloud to younger children and the science-based presentations are funny and mature enough for upper elementary kids. Can't wait for the next Zig and Wikki book!