3 out of 4 stars
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This story revolves around the main character, Toni, who happens to be a superhero that enjoys doing normal everyday hobbies that most kids enjoy doing such as reading and dancing. In addition, Toni is responsible and helps his mom wash the dishes and dusts the living room.
The illustrations are fabulous and I feel would help kids learn. I really enjoyed turning page by page and admiring the clear detail and bright colors on each beautifully illustrated page. Simple short sentences made for a very easy read for kids to understand and read for the first time. I love that “Toni likes to read” is the first sentence - very appropriate.
Overall when I reading the book, I felt like I was reading sentences in no particular order and therefore not really a story as the sentences didn’t connect to form a story. For example, the story goes into the things that Toni likes to do such as read, rescue animals, and draw but I felt like these hobbies were in no particular order and I didn’t feel like the author painted a story for me. For example, the author could have separated Toni’s hobbies into different groups such as: Toni’s hobbies - reading, drawing, singing, and Toni’s kindness - rescuing animals, helping to wash dishes, sweeping, dusting, and Toni’s everyday tasks - eating, sleeping. By organizing the order of how each sentence was presented in the book, the flow of the story would easily be improved.
I think the story can be improved by including a first sentence somewhere along the lines of “This is Toni, he does extraordinary things but he also does ordinary things too.” And then include the things Toni likes to do right after. This would be a better introduction to the story.
The ending of the book was abrupt for me and I felt like it needed a few simple additional sentences to add to the story. Once I got to the last page that said “The End” I was surprised. Perhaps an additional sentence to encourage kids to help out on chores something along the lines of, “Toni makes the world a better place to live and you can too!”
Overall, the story was a very easy read and purposely wrote in a very simple writing style so young kids could learn to read on their own.
I did not find any grammatical errors in this book. I give it 3 out of 4 stars. This book would be a good match for parents who want to read to their young kids or kids learning to read by themselves for the first time. I do not recommend this book to older kids as the writing style is very simple.
Toni the Superhero
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