In this "pick-a-path" interactive story, Tas finds a wallet. The reader's decisions determine the outcome of the story – but the reader can always go back and try another path that leads to a better outcome. This makes for a lot of reading mileage and builds reading confidence as students re-read familiar pages.
"Tas and the Red Wallet" is the tenth title in the Power Button series (the Tas books) for Grades 3-5 reluctant and slow-to-start readers, especially boys. There are 12 titles in the set, which follows on from the Super Sandwich series (the Mata books). Tas and Josh, who were the background characters in the Mata books become the main characters in this series, making the transition easy for students who may be reluctant to try something new in their reading.
The series uses high-interest adventurous story lines, where Tas and Josh get into and out of trouble, but usually become heroes, save the day and get adult approval. The vocal is easy, the sentences and text-blocks very short, and the photo-illustrations mirror the text. There are speech bubbles that allow students to attempt two or three words at a time, a map showing where the adventures take place, and the typography and line breaks have been chosen to make reading easy.
There is a teacher's book, "Good idea!" with strategies for working with reluctant reader boys, and over a hundred mostly-hands-on activities that provide shared, guided, and independent reading activities for each book.