3 out of 4 stars
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When the Day Ends and Dreams Begin 2 by Don Rose and Javier Lopez is a fun children’s book. The authors include short stories and poems on a variety of topics relevant to kids, like growing up, anxiety, and family. They have also written more fantastical tales, like one about visiting Mars and another about meeting a mermaid.
First, I feel compelled to mention the illustrations in this book. I see many children’s books in which illustrations are done carelessly and unprofessionally. This book is quite the opposite. Rayanne Vieira deserves to be commended on her adorable, diverse cartoons that fill the pages of this storybook. Despite the fact that I wouldn’t call this a picture book, the illustrations add an extra element to the story, bringing characters to life and showing that protagonists of all races, genders, and abilities can be the heroes of their own stories.
I would also like to praise the authors for their clear understanding of what kids like. The stories in the book are short, fun, and appeal to children’s sense of whimsy. The poems’ rhymes are effective and would be fun to read out loud, and there are enough pages to read one story or poem every night and not be finished with the book for over a month. I liked that the characters in the first story show up again later in the book, but you don’t have to read the stories in order or together to enjoy each one.
Overall, I would rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. Unfortunately, I found more than ten grammatical errors, leading me to believe it was not professionally edited. However, the illustrations and writing ability show that the authors and illustrators have worked hard to create a book that children are sure to enjoy, leading me to give them three stars.
This book would appeal to children ages four to ten, especially those who enjoy short stories and poetry. Parents looking for something quick to read each night before bed are sure to enjoy this book full of whimsy and fun.
When the Day Ends and Dreams Begin 2
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