Official Review: Professor Crawly Lesson 5 by Gary Chase

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Official Review: Professor Crawly Lesson 5 by Gary Chase

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Professor Crawly Lesson 5" by Gary Chase.]
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Gary Chase celebrates imagination and creativity in his clever children's picture book, Professor Crawly's Slinky the Spider Lesson 5. Professor Crawly is a wise ant who introduces different positive attitudes in the 15-book series for preschool children. The fifth book features the web-spinning talents of an industrious arachnid, Slinky. It emphasizes positive principles such as creative thinking, confidence, individuality, helping others, and perseverance, while also teaching how crawly creatures benefit the environment.

In the synopsis, Chase explains that the series is a joint endeavor with his granddaughter. Chase illustrates the books based on inspiration from Delaney, who creates "the look" for each character. The result is a collaboration of whimsical illustrations that will appeal to young children. Likewise, Chase presents the meaningful lessons in amusing rhymes, although he purposely keeps the content brief to hold the attention span of preschoolers. However, Chase's creative use of wordplay like "webinar" and "Spin City" may also appeal to slightly older school-age children, and I can picture them reading the book to their younger siblings.

I especially like the clever details that Chase includes to illustrate the simple lessons in the book. For instance, the story mentions that spiders protect the garden from pests; the accompanying illustration features a small sign that reads: "Bad bugs will be captured!" I also appreciate the colorful illustrations depicting Slinky's imaginative web creations. In addition to his modest web abode complete with a "Home Sweet Home" sign, Slinky spins model homes and condo designs.

While there isn't anything I dislike about the book, there is a lack of clarity regarding its title. The PDF format I reviewed has a different title than both Online Book Club and Chase's website; the latter two sources also differ slightly. My one suggestion for improvement is to implement title consistency.

Overall, I rate this professionally edited children's book 4 out of 4 stars. Despite the minor inconsistency regarding its title, the delightful story will amuse preschoolers, teach them simple facts about spiders, and model positive attitudes. I recommend the book to preschoolers and their older siblings, parents, grandparents, and teachers.

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The author worked on this with his granddaughter? that's adorable! This seems like a good enough children's book with moral lessons to be learned. Nice review!

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I too would honestly like to know the importance of Slinky to the environment.
Nice review.
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This book has a nice cover. Your introduction on the author's imagination and creativity also attracted me. Will take a look.

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The ant, Professor Crawly makes the book lively while at the same time the reader gets to learn about positive principles in life.

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Thanks for the review! it seems like a very interesting children's book.

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emeraldlaurice012 wrote:
05 Sep 2020, 09:29
The author worked on this with his granddaughter? that's adorable! This seems like a good enough children's book with moral lessons to be learned. Nice review!
I really like this about the book too. Thanks for your comment.

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AnnOgochukwu wrote:
05 Sep 2020, 10:39
I too would honestly like to know the importance of Slinky to the environment.
Nice review.
Thank you, Ann. :tiphat:

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Ada Ling wrote:
05 Sep 2020, 12:40
This book has a nice cover. Your introduction on the author's imagination and creativity also attracted me. Will take a look.
Thanks for your comment, Ada.

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Tablito wrote:
05 Sep 2020, 15:59
The ant, Professor Crawly makes the book lively while at the same time the reader gets to learn about positive principles in life.
Thank you.

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adhambakry wrote:
06 Sep 2020, 07:31
Thanks for the review! it seems like a very interesting children's book.
Thank you for commenting.

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Arachnids give me the creeps, but this still seems like an interesting book for young ones, and possibly myself, even though I'm not quite so young, *cough*. Thanks for the review!

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I can see there is parental love in the book, this must be a very educative book. Thanks for detailed review.
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Seems like a good book for children, I loved your review, it was really interesting and well-detailed.

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MsTri wrote:
06 Sep 2020, 13:42
Arachnids give me the creeps, but this still seems like an interesting book for young ones, and possibly myself, even though I'm not quite so young, *cough*. Thanks for the review!
I have to agree about creepy spiders, but cute illustrations make Slinky more approachable. :lol2:

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