3 out of 4 stars
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Anything I Want by Jolene Menard tells the story of a little girl named Charlotte who has many dreams for her future. When her mom asks her what she wants to be when she grows up, Charlotte begins to dream of all the possible careers she could have. She dreams about defending her country in the army, exploring the world as an oceanographer, and living many other exciting lives in different careers. After this, the book jumps ahead in time to show how Charlotte managed to achieve many of these dreams.
I love the story of this book, which shows that children should dream big and then work to achieve their dreams. Although Charlotte’s mom says she will have to choose one career for her life, Charlotte proves that there are ways to achieve multiple dreams in life. This book is based on the author’s own experiences with having multiple careers in her lifetime. This is an inspirational story for children because it shows them that many of their early dreams are possible if they’re willing to put in the work to achieve them.
I also really enjoyed the rhyming verses in this book, and the majority of them were good rhymes that would flow well when read aloud to a child. My only complaint about the writing is that I found seven punctuation errors within this very short children’s book. Since the book is for children, it’s important that the grammar, spelling, and punctuation used in the book are good examples for kids who are learning to read and write.
The illustrations in the book are cute even though they’re not hand-drawn. The author did a good job using stock cartoon photos to bring Charlotte’s dreams to life. The one issue with the illustrations is that the words are often overlaid on the pictures (as they are in many children’s books), but the black text gets lost on darker illustrations. I can tell the author put a white halo around the text to try to rectify this issue, but I still struggled to read some of the pages. Just making the text larger would help with this issue.
Overall, I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. Although I love the story and rhyming verses, I can’t give it that final star due to the punctuation errors and the difficulty of reading some pages. Both of these issues could be fixed with the help of a professional editor, so I hope the author reaches out to one to put the finishing touches on a great book. I would recommend this book to children ages 3-5 with the help of a parent and 6-8 to be read alone.
Anything I Want
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