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Big Bad Buzz

From the Set Magic Door to Learning

The Magic Door series helps young readers learns simple but important lessons against the backdrop of whimsical illustrations and engaging text. Big Bad Buzz is the story of a little girl, a seemingly friendly cat, and a terrifying dog named Buzz. Kids discover that appearances can be deceiving and that it's not always wise to judge a book by its cover.

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  • About the Author and About the Illustrator
Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 1
Dewey E
ATOS Reading Level
Guided Reading Level
Language English
Publisher The Child's World, Inc.
Number of Pages
Graphics Full-color illustrations

A noteworthy review of Magic Door to Learning from School Library Journal on April 1, 2007

Each book begins with the same poem that invites readers to turn the page. The stories address issues such as passing judgment, greed, messiness, and clumsiness. In the end, each character learns a valuable lesson. The illustrations are filled with vibrant colors and textures. Each book has suggested learning extensions, like researching animals (Buzz), trying new foods (Pig), a craft project (Jeremy Jones), and community involvement (Messy Molly). Each book also offers suggested follow-up reading along the same theme. Useful titles for units on character building.

Author: Charnan Simon

Charnan Simon has a BA in English literature from Carleton College and an MA in English literature from the University of Chicago. She has been an editor at both Cricket and Click magazines and has written more than 50 books for young readers. Ms. Simon lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband Tom, their daughters, Ariel and Hana, Sam the dog, and Lily and Luna the cats.

Illustrator: Len Epstein