The Chestnut Challenge: The Nocturnals Grow & Read Early Reader, Level 3 (Paperback)

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The Chestnut Challenge: The Nocturnals Grow & Read Early Reader, Level 3 (Paperback)

By Tracey Hecht, Josie Yee (Illustrator)
“Fun-to-read story” —Story Monsters
Mom’s Choice Awards® Gold Recipient


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

In this adventure-filled Level 3 Early Reader, Dawn the serious fox, Tobin the sweet pangolin, and Bismark the wacky sugar glider are having fun playing checkers. Chandler, a sneaky chinchilla, challenges Tobin to a game. After some strange distractions, the Nocturnals suspect something is not right. Chandler is a competitive player... but could he also be a cheater?

GREAT FOR BEGINNING READERS AGES 6–8
Teaches Life Skills: Good Sportsmanship, Playing Games for Fun, and Forgiveness.
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 3 Early Readers The Kooky Kinkajou and The Weeping Wombat. These Beginning Readers introduce Life Skills such as Imagination, Accepting New Ideas, Empathy, and Expressing Feelings and Emotions.

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)
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.
Product Details ISBN: 9781944020231
ISBN-10: 1944020233
Publisher: Fabled Films Press
Publication Date: April 23rd, 2019
Pages: 64
Language: English
Series: The Nocturnals
“Fans of the series will find colorful illustrations interspersed with text to help young independent readers follow the story…the theme of an honest game will likely resonate with this intended audience.”
— School Library Journal

“Recommended List in Continuing Series."
— Kirkus Reviews

“Young readers ages 6-8 will delight in this entertaining animal adventure while learning about the themes of playing games for fun and displaying good sportsmanship…especially and unreservedly recommended for family, elementary school, and community library collections.”
— Midwest Book Review

"This is such a fun Early Reader book that is not just entertaining to read, it also teaches the moral lesson of fair play. I believe parents/grandparents will enjoy reading this book to their little ones. Younger readers will love all the Nocturnals books, this is another fun-to-read story in this collection and a great bedtime book."
— Story Monsters

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

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