Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman
Pokemon Advanced: Pokemon In Disguise! is a book based on the Pokemon episode, "In the Knicker of Time!," which is part of the Pokemon Advanced season. The story that appears in this book was adapted by Tracey West. Pokemon Advanced: Pokemon In Disguise! was published in 2004 by Scholastic, Inc.
On the front cover, this book is billed as being part of the "Learn to read with Pokemon" series. Looking at the book, it is obviously being aimed at children who are learning to read. It's 32 pages long, and it has a combination of text and pictures. The writing in the book has simplified the story to make it easier for early readers to read the book; the simplification can especially be seen in the dialogue. The simplified dialogue sounds a little on the choppy side, but I understand that these dialogue rewrites had to be made to make the book easier to read for its intended audience.
The pictures included in the book are a combination of screenshots from the episode and art drawn for the book. The drawings in the book don't have an actual background for them; they just have a color for a background, so the character or characters on the page look as if they are floating in air. I don't like the fact that there are no backgrounds for those pictures, since the screenshots on the screenshot pages have the characters against actual backgrounds. These two different types of artwork give the book an inconsistent look.
The screenshots used in the book look noticeably blurry. The blurry screenshots clash with the drawings, which look very clear. I don't know how much children pick up on this difference, but as an adult, I find it to be rather distracting when I'm reading the book with my youngest child.
I give the author and publisher credit for taking the episode and writing it in such a way that early readers can read a book featuring an adventure they've seen on television at a level that is right for them. However, I wish the artwork looked more consistent.
Considering the age of this book, it's pretty much impossible to track down a new copy of it. However, if you have an early reader at home who is a fan of Pokemon, I would suggest purchasing a copy of this book if you can track it down. It's a book we first purchased when my middle child was an early reader, and he enjoyed it. His younger sister, who is an early reader and is also a Pokemon fan, has been enjoying it as well.
I wrote this review after reading a copy of this book that my husband and I purchased for our children.