3 for 3-to-5: Sci-Fi & Scary Books for Young Readers #7

Featuring: Rikki and the Rocket Twins Discover the Solar System by Kneko Burney, My Best Friend is a Ghost by Aggie Bee, and Swift Walker: A Journey Around the Oceans by Verlyn Tarlton

3 for the 3-to-5 is where I give brief reviews of three books that I found in the 3-to-5 age range on Amazon. These books are theoretically in the science fiction and horror genres for little kids. (Although obviously for little readers ‘horror’ basically just means including ghosts and ghoulies.)


3 for 3-to-5 #7

Book cover for Rikki and the Rocket Twins Discover the Solar SystemRikki and the Rocket Twins Discover the Solar System by Kneko Burney: Take your child on an adventure across the solar system with Rikki & the Rocket Twins. Discover this curious little girl and her colorful friends as they meet for the first time to go on a fun-filled trip to each planet. Written for children 3 and up, this book puts you and your child into outer space at the helm of the Discovery Rocket!

Rating: 5 out of 5

Review:  Rikki and the Rocket Twins is very well done. The illustrations are pleasing, the font is clear, and the information that’s relayed is tidbit-sized and simply put. It was enjoyable to look at and education. My child was rather impressed by what she read as well. She kept turning the page on me before I was quite ready because she wanted to read what came next.

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Book cover for My Best Friend is a Ghost

My Best Friend is a Ghost by Aggie Bee: Jethro is a boy who’s about to find out what it’s like to have his very own ghost friend!
No one else can see Calvin the ghost, which can get a little confusing when people think Jethro is talking to himself or eating too many cookies!  When Jethro’s friend Sally is upset because her ball is stuck in a very tall tree, it’s Calvin the ghost to the rescue!
What would YOU do if you walked into your bedroom and saw a ghost sitting on your bed?

Rating: 4 out of 5

Review: A simple, fun story that is very age appropriate for kids in second to third grade. The author manages to channel an 8-ish year old kid rather well. I found My Best Friend is a Ghost to be silly and engaging. It was definitely worth the few minutes it took to read it with my child.

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Book cover for Swift Walker: A Journey Around the Oceans

Swift Walker: A Journey Around the Oceans: Learn About the Oceans! Swift Walker loved to walk fast. His sister warned him, “One day, you’ll walk so fast you won’t be able to stop!” Sure enough, his speedy legs took him on a journey to see all the oceans of the world.

Swift Walker introduces kids to the continents, maps, and basic geography concepts with a fun character they can relate to.
Perfect for home, school, or homeschoolers. Ages 4 and up.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Review: A Journey Around the Oceans (Swift Walker #2) was a simple book with bright colors and simple words. The illustrations and font were clear and informative . Even though it says “4 and up” I would have no problem showing it to 2 and 3 year olds. (Wouldn’t expect them to understand it all, but I think they’d enjoy it.) It does exactly what it sets out to do, giving children (and the adults reading it) a good sense of the ocean layout. A well put together read that I’d recommend.


A much more pleasing crop of books than I had in 3 for 3-to-5 #6. My favorite from the lot was Rikki and the Rocket Twins Discover the Solar System. (Primarily because I loved the illustrations of the planets and how they parceled the information up. )

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