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Rabbit and Elephant’s Tug of War (African Folk Tales for Children) – Karen Perkins & Peter Mutanda

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I read this book on the Kindle for ipad app, and so I cannot comment on how this appears on older (black and white) kindle models.

 

The story itself reminded me of the books I read as a child that had a strong moral to them. This is a nice story to read with your child and prompt further discussion about the themes it explores.

 

It is reasonably well written but I was really disapointed with the overall finish of the book. The images looked like generic clip art images, rather than an illustration created for the book, and there were some graphics that I just didn’t understand how they fit. I think that had the publishers spent a little more time on polishing the final product they would have a much stronger book.

 

My experience is that many children are drawn to books by their artwork and I, sadly, can’t see this book engaging children on that level. Books aimed at children of this age work much better if they are bright and colourful and allow the children to recognise where the story if up to from the illustrations. I’m afraid that for me, the generic rabbit and elephant images just don’t do it for me.

 

A potential gem let down by a lacklustre finish.

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Two e-Book reviews – David Chuka

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Both of these books have been read and reviwed on behalf the Kindle Book Review. I recieved a free copy of these books in return for a fair and honest review

Counting to Ten and Sharing My Easter Eggs

This is a lovely ebook that uses rhymes to guide your child from 1-10.

Some of the rhymes are slightly tenuous but, it’s a nice little ebook that is well illustrated. I read this on Kindle for Ipad so the colour images displayed well. I’m not sure how well it work on the older Kindle models.

The book is short and colourful and the images used to help the narrator share their Easter eggs will also allow for some other discussions too as your child learns more about the world (ie what colour is that number, counting the eggs etc).

A nice book to add to the collection for a little learning to count.

Billy and the Monster who liked to fart

I struggled with this book if I am honest. I wanted to like it, and I wanted to really see the appeal but there is something missing for me.

The story follow Billy who makes up his friend ‘Monster’ and blames monster for ‘farting’ when it is, in actual fact Billy.

I would like to have seen more be made about Billy having an imaginary friend (something that I suspect many young children do) and maybe some moral about how you shouldn’t blame your behaviou on others.

That said, I guess you could follow up this kind of thing with your child anyway after reading the book.

The book is colourful and the illustrations are nice too. I read this on the kindle for ipad app, so I am not sure how it would work on the older (black and white) kindle models, but then I guess a young child probably wouldn’t find the older kindle models as engaging?

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Book Review – Captain Valiant and Me: Revenge of The Black Phantom

On Friday, I received this book from the lovely people over at Piccadilly Press. Whilst I have been sent a free copy of this book, this is a fair and honest review.

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My Boy is only 14 weeks old, so a little young for this book.  I’d say it’s aimed at children around 8-10 years old, or younger if read by a parent.

The Press Release for this book states:

Superheroes were never meant to be like this!

 

Poor Dynamic Boy – he hates his name, his costume makes him look like an electric bee, and even his super power is pretty rubbish. His dad, Captain Valiant, is a total embarrassment, and having superhero work to do doesn’t mean he gets off his maths homework.

It also notes that this is a first book by the author, Adam Britten. It is a well written debut with nice strong characters. The four superheros have their own stories and I could see the series being expanded to focus on each of the four characters. I liked that the book will please both girls and boys, and I could see ‘Moon Girl’ having her own book to further appeal to a young girl.

The book is illustrated throughout with quirky little pictures (Arthur Hamer is the illustrator for this book) and they add to the story, particularly the end bit with the black goo, you get a sense that the author, illustrator and publisher have worked hard on this book to get it right.

This is the first book of a new Superhero series and it is due to be published on 28 Feb and will retail at £5.99 – I think it’s a good solid book that a child will turn to again and again, and be eager to see what the next story has in store for the superhero family.

It is a book that will go in a box, ready for The Boy in a few years’ time.

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Captain Valiant and Me: Revenge of The Black Phantom is available from amazon here . To read more see the publishers website

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