The Class of Mrs. Suzie vs. Jimmy by Peter Basta
I had to call in the experts on this one. Once again, I tested this book on my two toddlers, who are four and two, to get their opinions. But first, I’ll give you all the details.
The Class of Mrs. Suzie vs. Jimmy by Peter Basta is a beautifully illustrated children’s book that covers the courtroom drama. Jimmy stands accused of being a sandwich thief. He has a friend defend him to Mrs. Suzie, the teacher/judge, and a jury of his peers/classmates.
Like I said, the illustrations are beautiful, which is what held my two year old’s attention. My almost-four-year-old wasn’t as enthralled as I had expected either, but the courtroom jargon was a little much for a young audience, but it is an opportunity to expand a young vocabulary (my four year old asked for a definition multiple times), but I think this book is better for the 5-7 age range.
The only other issue I had was the lack of commas in the dialog, but that’s just me being picky. Overall, this would be a great book for older kids already learning how to read. Now, there is a Kindle version of this book, and I had to hold my Kindle longways to see the whole pictures but that wasn’t a big inconvenience for me or the kids.
My Rating: 4/5
Interested in this book for a young reader? You can buy it on Amazon for only $1.99 or free if you have a KU subscription.
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