Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman
Pokemon: Catch That Wobbuffet! is a book based on the Pokemon episode, "The Wayward Wobbuffet," which is part of the Johto League Champions season. The story that appears in this book was adapted by Tracey West. Pokemon: Catch That Wobbuffet! was published in 2003 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 is a combination of text and pictures. The writing style of the book has simplified the story to make it easier for early readers to read the book; this is especially true when it comes to the dialogue. Unfortunately, the simplified dialogue sounds a little choppy. However, I understand that these dialogue rewrites needed to be made in order to make the book easier to read for its intended audience.
The pictures in the book are a combination of screenshots from the episode and art drawn for the book. When it comes to the drawings, there is no actual background for them; they just have a color for a background, so it makes it look like the character or characters on the page are floating in air. I dislike that there are no backgrounds for those pictures, since the screenshots on the screenshot pages do have backgrounds, because it gives the artwork a look of inconsistency.
And when it comes to the screenshots used in the book, they are noticeably blurry. The blurry screenshots are in stark contrast to the drawings. 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 where early readers can read the story of an adventure they've seen on television at a level that is right for them. However, I wish the artwork for the book had a little more consistency to it.
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.