Cover image for Bonk! goes the ball
Bonk! goes the ball
Stevens, Philippa J.
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Publication Information:
Chicago : Childrens Press, [1990]

Physical Description:
29 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm.
A ball is hit, kicked, chased, passed, and sent through a goal during a soccer game.
Reading Level:
100 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 0.5 0.5 9305.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.5 1 Quiz: 14527 Guided reading level: E.
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READER Juvenile Fiction Readers

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Enumerates a series of words and the greater things of which they are a part, such as leaf and tree, elbow and arm, candle and cake, and tail and kite.

Author Notes

Philippa J Stevens is the author of several nonfiction books for children.

Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

Lunn's patterned and rhyming text presents 24 statements similar to the title sentence. Some of the relationships may elude some readers, but Dunnington's realistically rendered illustrations will assist those who need a little boost. The rhyming element is most effective on the pages in which both sentences share a double-page spread. Steven's text for Bonk! Goes the Ball is considerably less effective because of its stilted sentence structure and partial phrases. The chief character is a pigtailed soccer player who misses the ball, kicks it, chases it, etc. The text is comprised of disjointed sentences that actually hinder reading comprehension. An obvious attempt to provide a multicultural representation has resulted in stereotypical illustrations that are less than successful. Even those libraries in need of material for early readers will want to pass this fragmented text. The Lunn title is an acceptable additional purchase. --Sharron McElmeel, Cedar Rapids Community Schools, IA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.