I am always on the lookout for fiction series to recommend to children transitioning out of easy readers and into chapter books. The Princess Posey series fits that bill perfectly. The third installment in this charming series is called Princess Posey and the Next-Door Dog. Posey’s family doesn’t have a pet, but she has to write about either a pet of her own or a pet that she hopes to have one day for Miss Lee’s classroom assignment. So Posey is excited when a new neighbor moves in with a dog. But Posey has a problem: “She is secretly a little afraid of dogs.” The dog next door is huge and has a very loud bark. Posey decides she must face her fears after talking to her wise grandfather. There is the perfect amount of tension as Posey meets the dog and she ends up helping the poor animal out of a predicament. The story has a nice resolution and I enjoyed it very much.
The text of this early chapter book is generously sprinkled with lively black-and-white illustrations. The short paragraphs and the age-appropriate story line should grab the attention of newly independent readers.