Sunday, June 14, 2009

Adventures of Riley, series review

I really enjoy finding a good series for kids or teens, whether it be a picture book series featuring the same character, or a thrilling mystery series for my teen readers, I just like series books in general. A new one I've come across recently, the "Adventures of Riley" series by Amanda Lumry and Laura Hurwitz is a unique combination of fiction and non-fiction, inviting kids to learn more about different parts of our world through the use of fact boxes, cartoon characters, and real photographs of local animals, plants, and landscapes.

Each book features Riley and members of his extended family going on exploration vacations to cool locations all around the world. Places include the Australian Outback, India and Nepal, the island of Moorea, South Africa, Madagascar, the South Pole, and a whole bunch of others.

Riley and his family, all done in cartoon-like illustrations by Sarah McIntyre, explore these wonderful locations, having lots of thrilling adventures along the way. The facts are inserted as "fact boxes," around the pages, which are filled with brilliant photographs of animals and landscapes. I just loved the integration of the illustrations with the real photographs, it appears seamless.

There is a glossary and additional information in the back, as well as instructions to use the Adventures with Riley website.

This is a fantastic series for school and public libraries to have on their shelves. I was overly impressed with the presentation of the information, as well as the high interest level of the fiction portion of the books.

To learn more or to purchase, click on the book cover above to link to Amazon.

Adventures with Riley series
Amanda Lumry and Laura Hurwitz
Non-fiction/Picture Books
Scholastic Press

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