The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey
I was looking forward to the new series The Bad Guys and was able to read the first book over winter break. What a fun book! A few bad guys, led by The Big Bad Wolf decide they want to change their reputations and become Good Guys. In this first story, we meet the characters and follow them as they rescue dogs from the local dog shelter. The humor in this book is sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. It is a clever concept with pretty funny lines throughout. There is a lot of visual support so this will be a good series for transitional readers and beyond. The second book in the series is due out in February!
King and Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats by Dori Hillestad Butler
I was happy to see that the author of The Haunted Library has a new book/series out. My 3rd graders are HUGE fans of The Haunted Library series. King and Kayla is an early mystery series--great for readers new to chapter books. I think mysteries are hard for young readers but this one is perfect. A perfect mystery (missing dog treats), some clues and great visual supports.
A Boy Called Bat by Elana Arnold is more of a middle grade novel that is set to become a series according to a blog post I read recently. The main character in this series is Bixby Alexander Tam (BAT). In this story, BAT's mother, a veterinarian, brings home a baby skunk. They need to take care of it until the shelter can keep him and release him back into the wild. But BAT wants to keep the skunk as a pet. BAT is a great new character. He is on the autism spectrum which makes this series unique. It is a great series and I think a lot of kids will love this one. Looking forward to the next in the series already!