Ash Takes the Cake (Pokémon)

Scholastic. (Scholastic ­Reader, Level 2). Apr. 2024. 32p. adapted by Maria S. Barbo. pap. $5.99. ISBN 9781339028033.
Gr 2-3–A fun adventure adapted from the Pokémon TV show. Ash and his friends are having a snack before going to the gym to Battle Gym Leader Opal, when Goh captures a new Pokémon. Before too long, Goh’s new Pokémon evolves, and they are ready for a surprise baking competition at the gym with the Pokémon Alcremie as their partners. When Ash is picked to battle Gym Leader Opal, they are both prepared to put their skills to the test. Illustrations match those of the anime, making them easily identifiable to fans of all levels. While this is not a new story, readers will enjoy reliving the Pokémon dessert battle. Pair this book with similar titles, such as Lee Howard’s Giddyup, Scooby-Doo!
VERDICT Great for reluctant readers who love Pokémon.

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