We are thrilled to share that Vicky Fang’s new early reader series BEST BUDDIES: A PIE FOR US! has received a starred review from the School Library Journal!

Heidi Dechief at the School Library Journal said in her review of BEST BUDDIES:

“In this early reader, a dog named Sniff and a cat named Scratch explore their world with laugh-out-loud results. Their first adventure involves a pie in the kitchen, the second features a cardboard box, and the third centers on a new addition to the house that confuses the two pets. Beginning readers will confidently read the high frequency words and learn new vocabulary, including yummy, stuck, and scratches. The text is simple and follows a pattern, with most sentences having six words or fewer. Leal’s full-page cartoon illustrations vibrantly showcase Sniff and Scratch’s story. Speech bubbles add to the reading appeal, similar to Mo Willems’s “Elephant and Piggy” series. VERDICT It is not easy to find engaging stories at very beginning reading levels, and this one stands out for all the right reasons. Highly recommended.”

BEST BUDDIES series is part of Scholastic’s early reader line, Acorn, aimed at children who are learning to read. With easy-to-read text, a short-story format, plenty of humor, and full-color artwork on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and fluency. Acorn books plant a love of reading and help readers grow!

A PIE FOR US! follows Sniff the dog and Scratch the cat who are best friends… most of the time! In these three hilarious short stories, Sniff and Scratch find creative ways to reach a pie on the kitchen counter, Sniff panics when Scratch gets stuck in a box, and they meet a strange new dog and cat just like them.

These silly, pet-themed stories feature color-coded speech bubbles and easy-to-read text throughout, making this book a perfect choice for new readers!

Vicky Fang is a product designer who spent 5 years designing kids’ technology experiences for both Google and Intel, often to inspire and empower kids in coding and technology. She started writing to support the growing need for early coding education, particularly for girls and kids of color. She is the author and sometimes illustrator of nineteen new and upcoming books for kids, including Layla and the Bots, Invent-a-Pet, I Can Code, Friendbots, and the forthcoming Ava Lin, Sniff and Scratch, AlphaBot, and The Boo Crew Needs You.

Vicky is represented by Elizabeth Bennett.