Somewhere to review books I'm reading without giving away any spoilers!
Author: Paige Braddock
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Published: February 3rd, 2015
This is a brilliant comic strip story book starring Cecil the toad who is friends with a whole bunch of other animals who live in and near his pond. Whilst visiting one these friends, Jeff the hamster, Cecil is captured by a hawk who flies off with him over his pond. That was when Cecil sees the freeway project heading straight for the pond! How Cecil escapes from the hawk and gets the animals to work together to try to stop the project is the theme of the story. It is humorous with brilliant illustrations which really enhance the enjoyment of the story. At the end of the main story there are a couple of other short stories and information about some of the animals included in the story. A great story of team work and the environment.
I will, however, make my usual plea to everyone producing fantastic comic type books like this . . . please consider changing the text from the usual comic style capital letters to the usual upper and lower case style that children learn to read. The story is brilliant but less confident readers will struggle to read the block capital text independently. Such a relatively simple change would enable so many more children to read and enjoy your books that is seems such a shame they can’t access such a fantastic stimulus and resource. I do know that the font style is typical of comic strip type stories but wish the needs of younger and less able readers could be considered. Books like this are superb. The illustrations are outstanding. It is a shame the style of text makes it inaccessible to such a large potential group of readers as it could easily engage and inspire them! Sorry, rant over!
This is a fantastic book, funny, a great story with a great selection of characters who are brilliantly portrayed in a way that will certainly appeal to children. I really enjoyed it and have no hesitation in recommending it for anyone who can read block capital text.
Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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