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The Slithery Shakedown

The Nocturnals Grow & Read Early Reader, Level 2

Tracey Hecht, Josie Yee (Illustrator)


List Price: 5.99*
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Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (4/10/2018)


“Beginning readers will enjoy this tale” —School Library Journal

The Nocturnals 8-book Early Reader Collection encourages kids at all reading levels who like adventurous stories featuring unusual animals. 

In this adventure-filled Level 2 Early Reader, Bismark the wacky sugar glider comes across a bully—a scary snake! His friends, Dawn the serious fox and Tobin the sweet pangolin, show him how to be brave and stand up to the snake. To show their courage, the animals find shiny snakeskin capes and become a team.

Teaches Life Skills: Bravery, Bullying Prevention, and Teamwork
Perfect for kids who like unusual animals and science!

Bonus Book Content: Nocturnals Fun Facts and Animal Glossary
Download complimentary printable activities on the book's website: Sight Word Games, Bingo, Common Core Language Arts Educator Guide, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Activities, and More!

Read All 8 of the Nocturnals Grow & Read Adventures, including Level 2 Early Readers The Peculiar Possum and The Moonlight Meeting. These Beginning Readers introduce Life Skills such as Accepting Differences, Empathy, and Kindness.

NEW! Get The Nocturnals companion Grow & Read Animal Activity Book to extend the story with animal facts, coloring, drawing games, mazes, puzzles, and more! (Sold separately)

Praise For The Slithery Shakedown: The Nocturnals Grow & Read Early Reader, Level 2

“A pangolin, a red fox, and a sugar glider are together again in their second nighttime adventure in the series… Short sentences and much repetition throughout assist early readers as they gain a sense of accomplishment on completing this six-chapter book… The vocabulary words likely to be new to readers are introduced, including squatted, haunches, shimmery, slithered, and summoned… Beginning readers will enjoy this tale and will cheer on the threesome who defeat a bully by using their words.” 
— School Library Journal

“[The Slithery Shakedown] does not disappoint… This tale uses plenty of important vocabulary words, easily decipherable within context, while showing how friends who stick together can face down even the meanest bully… Vivid illustrations pop off crisp white pages… This successful endeavor manages to maintain the spirit of the original series while showing respect for new devotees.” 
— Booklist

“Hecht successfully set the stage for more adventurous outings down the road...”
— Publishers Weekly

“Very highly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections.”
— Midwest Book Review

“The series addresses bullying and empathy in an easy, accessible way, and the books are meant to be read aloud.”
— New York Post

Fabled Films Press, 9781944020163, 64pp.

Publication Date: April 10, 2018

About the Author

Tracey Hecht is a writer and entrepreneur who created The Nocturnals, the critically acclaimed middle grade and early reader series. The American Booksellers Association chose her first book, The Nocturnals: The Mysterious Abductions, as a Kids’ Indie Next List pick. In addition, her Grow & Read early reader book, The Chestnut Challenge, was given a Mom’s Choice Gold Award. With the New York Public Library, she has also created a Read Aloud Writing Program that has since been conducted in hundreds of schools, libraries, and bookstores. Other books in the Nocturnals middle grade series include The Ominous Eye, The Fallen Star, and The Hidden Kingdom. Tracey currently splits her time between New York City and Oquossoc, Maine, with her husband and four children.

Josie Yee is an award winning illustrator specializing in children's books. She lives in New York City with her daughter, Ana, and their cat, Dude.