See Fred Run
See Fred Run has been carefully crafted to teach more than 50 sight words—the simplest, most commonly used words young readers must learn to recognize “on sight,” as well as more advanced words to challenge early readers. The patterned structure and humor make this a perfect introduction for beginners or a fun refresher for older readers.
Fans of See Fred Run can also brush up on sight words with Fun With Ed and Fred, short vowels with Gran on a Fan, and long vowels with companion book Lazy Bear, Crazy Bear. As Kirkus Reviews said of Gran on a Fan: “New readers… will hardly be aware that they are supposed to be learning basic phonics because they will be giggling.”
'See Fred Run' by Kevin Bolger, and illustrated by Ben Hodson, is a story about main character Fred and his desire to do anything but what the book's pages are telling him to do. There is another character in the book named Ed, but his purpose is not overly clear, other than that he seems somewhat like a narrator to push the story along and show how Fred has to deal with many obstacles.
The story is meant to teach sight words, and it does that to an extent, but it seemed not as straightforward as one might think it could be. The illustrations often helped more with knowing what words were on the page than the words themselves, but it stands to reason that the illustrations and words work together to make the sight reading an easier process.
It might have been more fun if the book had been written in a "choose your own adventure" style, and the sight words could have filled in the blanks, while readers used the illustrations to help guide their understanding of what each page was trying to convey. This would have provided a more interactive way for readers to make sense of how the book truly comes together, from the characters to their conflicts, and how they plan to solve the problems that continually arise.