Review by Mabel6 -- Toni the Superhero by R.D. Base

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Review by Mabel6 -- Toni the Superhero by R.D. Base

Post by Mabel6 » 01 Jun 2018, 10:34

[Following is a volunteer review of "Toni the Superhero" by R.D. Base.]
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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.

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Post by The BookWorm Nagham » 06 Jun 2018, 02:30

Mabel6 wrote:
01 Jun 2018, 10:34
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!”
I never really though about that, but you make a point. The story would be by far more interesting if the author added the sentences you suggested.

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Post by BriennaiJ » 07 Jun 2018, 08:34

I love that this book is easy enough for beginning readers to read it on their own. Stepping stone books like this are important in the eyes of new readers! Great review.

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Post by GathuaM » 20 Jun 2018, 08:14

I never thought about it like this. But great review. A different perspective is always welcome.
Please check out my review on the same book.

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Post by JR Mercier » 20 Jun 2018, 13:15

Different perspectives are a great find and you make great suggestions. Great thorough review and really creative.
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Post by Kibetious » 30 Jun 2018, 13:13

This is a nice review. I also like the objective opinion on how the book could have been made much better. Kids can learn a couple of lessons from Toni's everyday life.
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Post by Espie » 21 Nov 2018, 18:42

Organisation and repetition of tasks are essential in habit formation, and it's good that the piece also deals with every day things like those, too. We all could learn from each other, and we have the potentials to be superpeople to others even through our ordinary ways, especially to those in whose lives we are indispensable and irreplaceable.

Thank you for your honest review.
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