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The Peculiar Possum

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 (10/30/2018)


“Addresses bullying and empathy in an easy, accessible way” —New York Post

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, Dawn the serious fox, Tobin the sweet pangolin, and Bismark the wacky sugar glider meet an unusual new animal, Penny the possum. Bismark doesn't understand her. But Penny makes friends with the Nocturnal Brigade and shows them how to be proud of their differences.

Teaches Life Skills: Accepting Differences, Empathy, and Kindness.
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 Moonlight Meeting and The Slithery Shakedown. These Beginning Readers introduce Life Skills such as Friendship and Sharing.

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 Peculiar Possum: The Nocturnals Grow & Read Early Reader, Level 2

“Hecht’s playful narrative style livens the baldly delivered lesson, as do a handful of challenging words that are not only defined by context and in a glossary in the back, but matched to equivalents in five languages.”
— Booklist

“The art, which is largely redundant of text, provides cues to help readers with decoding…”
— Kirkus Reviews

“[The Brigade] discovers different isn’t bad, it’s just an opportunity to discover something or someone new! A great book on acceptance, tolerance, and inclusion.”
— Story Monsters

“This easy reader chapter book has short, easy sentences with occasional alliteration. The illustrations have a pleasing palette. Includes facts about the animals and a glossary.”
— Youth Services Book Review

“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, 9781944020200, 64pp.

Publication Date: October 30, 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.