The Peculiar Possum:

The Nocturnals  (Grow & Read Early Reader, Level 2)


Tracey Hecht and Illustrated by Josie Yee
ISBN:  978-1-944020-20-0
Fabled Films LLC
61 pages
Tracey Hecht has written a beginning reader for young children.  It is a picture chapter book entitled ‘The Nocturnals The Peculiar Possum’ which is all about a small group of night creatures that includes a bat, a fox, and hedgehog.  This small group of night animals suspect that there is a stranger lurking about their section of the forest when they notice some of their favorite food is missing and they smell a strange odor.  This is a book of making new acquaintances.
This is a chapter book that has short chapters that reviews many sight words that the readers know or are learning.  This is a story that the print is large for easy reading for young readers to learn many lessons from how to solve problems as the characters do in the story.  It is also a good book to teach some basic scientific facts and simple science lessons for the early childhood and early elementary grades that explain about what certain animals eat and how and where they sleep.  The pictures by Josie Yee were bright, colorful and cheerful even for a book that was set at night. The colors were well chosen for the characters and surrounding from Dawn, the fox, Tobin, the pangolin, Bismark, the sugar glider and Penny, the possum. Children can also understand this story by just ‘reading the pictures thanks to Josie Yee especially for the preschool level of reading readiness.  At the back of the book there is a glossary for language development.


About the Author

Tracey Hecht is a writer and entrepreneur who has written, directed and produced for film. When she isn’t writing she can be found hiking, reading or spending time with her family. Tracey currently splits her time between New York City and Oquossoc, Maine with her husband, four children and three pets–none of which are a sugar glider.

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