Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie-Rella Book Review

Title: Minnie-Rella
Author: Lisa Ann Marsoli
Genre: Picture Book, Fantasy
Reading Level: Ages 4-6

Minnie-Rella is a Level 1 (Pre-K to Grade 1) World of Reading book based on the upcoming Mickey Mouse Clubhouse special of the same name.  Thus, Minnie-Rella makes a good selection to read before watching the new special on Disney Junior or DVD.

The story begins with Mickey and friends asking Minnie for favors to keep her busy while Mickey works on a surprise for her.  All the work wears her out and she falls asleep.  While asleep she dreams she is Minnie-rella, which is basically a retelling of the classic Cinderella fairy tale.  Like the show, it also features three tools and a mystery item (Quoddles brings them) that are revealed early on and slowly used.

The illustrations not only show what the text is describing, but also add to the reading experience.  For example, they are part of the story when trying to get the right shoes to go with her dress, the images show the different wrong ones while the text simply says Oops. Additionally, the illustrations portray different facial expressions to help show the moods.  Lastly, there are a few that can be humorous that you would not get from just the text.

Types of Readers Book Might Appeal To & Multiple Intelligence Categories
  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Minnie fans
  • Beginner readers may benefit from the simple text and word repetition that go together with the visual scenes to tell the story. (Spatial-Visual)
  • Quoddles presenting four options of tools to use in the adventure and the text encouraging the reader to guess what to use at that moment can help improve problem solving skills. (Logical-Mathematical)
Activities for Further Learning and Fun

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