Dot the Ladybug: The Missing Dot

­HarperCollins. (My First I Can Read). Jul. 2024. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780063137509; pap. $5.99. ISBN 9780063137493.
PreS-Gr 1–Readers will enjoy solving a dot-themed mystery in the latest series installment. When Dot’s friend finds that the dot is missing from the middle of his donut, she steps in to save the day. In true detective style, Dot grabs her magnifying glass and searches everywhere for the missing dot. A trip to her mouse friend Jots’s house gives Dot a new perspective, and soon the mystery is solved. The combination of simple text, especially repeated sounds like “ot,” with higher level vocabulary words makes this an enjoyable book for beginning readers. Coleman’s vibrant and colorful illustrations bring Dot and her animal friends to life. Children will delight in co-reading this book with a teacher, friend, or family member.
VERDICT A wonderfully shareable early reader that is perfect for schools and libraries.

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