3 out of 4 stars
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Charlie the Click Bug by Raymond Sobrino Jr. is a children’s picture book about a bug named Charlie. One day, Charlie falls over while walking with his friends and begins clicking uncontrollably. Charlie brushes it off, but his friends are scared. They tell his mom about the incident. Charlie’s parents decide to take him to the doctor. At the doctor’s appointment, they find out that Charlie has epilepsy, which manifests as uncontrollable clicking in click bugs. What will Charlie do? Will he be able to go about his life like normal? Will his friends still like him? You’ll have to read this book to find out.
I love the lesson in this book. It really teaches kids who have a disability or a medical condition that they can overcome the challenges it brings. I love that kids will get the message that it is okay if they are a little bit different. I also like that it can be used to introduce the readers to epilepsy, which is a neurological disorder that is sometimes seen in young children. However, I do think that epilepsy could be defined a little more clearly. Children will need the disorder explained a bit more before they will really understand it. Even with this issue, the book is a good place to start.
I also enjoyed the illustrations while I was reading. The pictures do a great job supporting the story. Children will easily be able to follow the story by looking at the pictures as someone reads the book to them. This is a key element in books written for a young audience, and I wasn’t disappointed.
My biggest problem with this book is that it isn’t professionally edited. I noticed more than 10 errors within the book, which is a lot for a short children’s book. I am a stickler when it comes to grammar in children’s books, so I am disappointed that the book contains so many errors.
I give this book 3 out of 4 stars. This is a nicely illustrated book with a great message. Unfortunately, the book isn’t properly edited. Because of this, I can’t give it a perfect score. Even with the editing problems, I would still recommend this book for parents and teachers of children in elementary school (ages 5-11). I think it is too juvenile of a book for children older than that. It would be a great book to read to children who have epilepsy or who know someone with epilepsy. I would recommend that it be read with an adult so that it can be explained.
Charlie the Clickbug
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