Review by Lunastella -- Four Funny Potatoes! by Len Foley

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Review by Lunastella -- Four Funny Potatoes! by Len Foley

Post by Lunastella » 06 May 2019, 10:36

[Following is a volunteer review of "Four Funny Potatoes!" by Len Foley.]
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Have you ever felt like a banana in a world full of potatoes? Perhaps not exactly, but at one point or another, we've all struggled to fit in. I'm sure it happened to Len Foley who was, in his own words, a "horrible writer" until he found he should've been writing children's books all along!

This is what happened to Ben, a banana that wants to join his friends Arnie, ol' Jimmy and Marvin in their potato night show, except he's not a potato, and he needs his friends to accept his true banana-nature.

There are many things to applaud from Four Funny Potatoes by Len Foley. The illustrations are funny, eye-catching and colorful, which is always helpful to get a kid's attention and, honestly, even as an adult they made me giggle and brought back fond memories of Mr. Potato Head.

The message of self-acceptance that this book brings is fundamental, especially these days. Celebrating who you are and what makes you unique is a value I think all children should develop, not just to boost their self-confidence but to appreciate the uniqueness and diversity in others and build an attitude of tolerance.

The author uses several literary devices like alliteration and rhyme. This doesn't only make the reading much more musical and enjoyable but rhyming has many benefits for kids who are learning: they improve memory, enforce inferencing abilities, improve cognitive development, promote auditory skills and help modulate articulation. They help develop literacy in general, and some studies show that the predictability of the sounds and getting to know a rhyme by heart can build confidence and be soothing for kids. The vocabulary is age-appropriate and shouldn't present any problems for the target audience.

I do have to warn adults and caregivers that the end is a bit shocking and can be upsetting for sensitive kids, so they should probably be present the first time the kid reads the book. The ending was the part I enjoyed the least.

The book is exceptionally well edited, and I couldn't find a single mistake. I recommend this book for young readers of preschool age, as well as parents, caregivers, and teachers that want to introduce a fun book with a positive message to kids this age. I wouldn't recommend it for kids past age 6 or 7, as they might find the plot too simple and get bored.

I rate Four Funny Potatoes by Len Foley 4 out of 4 stars for its funny plot, encouraging life lesson, musical and beneficial use of language resources and attractive illustrations.

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Post by Espie » 20 May 2019, 07:09

I could just imagine the banana's predicament. It's great when books celebrate diversity and emphasize what's good and constructive. Thank you for your interesting review!
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Post by Lunastella » 20 May 2019, 19:18

Espie wrote:
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I could just imagine the banana's predicament. It's great when books celebrate diversity and emphasize what's good and constructive. Thank you for your interesting review!
I think we can all relate to the banana, at one point or another of our lives. Thank you for your kind comment, Espie!

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Post by allbooked+ » 20 May 2019, 19:30

This sounds like an interesting take on being different - as we all are! I don't have young children around but will keep this in mind if I find myself in need of a nice story for little ones!

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Post by nooregano » 21 May 2019, 00:45

I do have to warn adults and caregivers that the end is a bit shocking and can be upsetting for sensitive kids, so they should probably be present the first time the kid reads the book. The ending was the part I enjoyed the least.
I am curious, in light of this, how come you still gave the book a full rating? The rest of it must have been exceptional. I'm so glad you enjoyed this book, Andrea!
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Post by ParadoxicalWoman » 22 May 2019, 03:03

A great book with a great message. It's important for kids to learn while they are in formation years about the importance of staying true to themselves and to avoid the trap of fitting in. A book worth reading to kids and I would love to read this book too as a reminder to myself.
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Post by Lunastella » 22 May 2019, 19:16

ParadoxicalWoman wrote:
22 May 2019, 03:03
A great book with a great message. It's important for kids to learn while they are in formation years about the importance of staying true to themselves and to avoid the trap of fitting in. A book worth reading to kids and I would love to read this book too as a reminder to myself.
I agree. We could all use an occasional reminder to stay true to ourselves, but it's an especially important quality to build up in young readers. Thank you so much for commenting!

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Post by Lunastella » 22 May 2019, 19:18

nooregano wrote:
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I do have to warn adults and caregivers that the end is a bit shocking and can be upsetting for sensitive kids, so they should probably be present the first time the kid reads the book. The ending was the part I enjoyed the least.
I am curious, in light of this, how come you still gave the book a full rating? The rest of it must have been exceptional. I'm so glad you enjoyed this book, Andrea!
It is in fact, exceptional, in my opinion. I would've preferred a nicer ending, but I have to acknowledge the plot is up to the author.
Thank you so much for your interest!

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Post by Lunastella » 22 May 2019, 19:21

allbooked+ wrote:
20 May 2019, 19:30
This sounds like an interesting take on being different - as we all are! I don't have young children around but will keep this in mind if I find myself in need of a nice story for little ones!
I don't have kids yet either but I like to keep up with children's books for family and friends' presents and recommendations.
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Post by Ronel_Steyn » 24 May 2019, 02:56

Loved this book myself. I was giggling from start to finish. Thank you for your review.

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Post by Lunastella » 24 May 2019, 08:03

Ronel_Steyn wrote:
24 May 2019, 02:56
Loved this book myself. I was giggling from start to finish. Thank you for your review.
It's such a fun read, even for adults!
Thanks for your comment!

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Post by Kaylee123 » 24 May 2019, 09:05

This sounds like such a fun book! I would love to read it to my kids. They love rhyme and alliteration and it's always nice when a book has a good message to go along with it.

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Post by Hiruni Bhagya 81 » 30 May 2019, 06:20

I read this book and enjoyed it very much. I loved the lesson it taught. So, thanks for your lovely review.

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Post by Shrabastee » 31 May 2019, 03:54

Awesome point about self-acceptance, Andrea. It is true we struggle to fit in, and at one point or other,we finally have to accept ourselves as we are. I have read and reviewed the book,and indeed found the end shocking. Thanks for the review!

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Post by Lunastella » 31 May 2019, 09:55

Shrabastee wrote:
31 May 2019, 03:54
Awesome point about self-acceptance, Andrea. It is true we struggle to fit in, and at one point or other,we finally have to accept ourselves as we are. I have read and reviewed the book,and indeed found the end shocking. Thanks for the review!
I think we have to work on our self-acceptance and self-esteem consistently, and I'm glad this book has such a positive message. I definitely didn't see the end coming!
Thank you for your kind comment, Shrabastee.

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