3 out of 4 stars
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What do you do when you’ve lost something very dear to you? Do you seat back and let go? Or do you make moves to recover it? Millvy, the silver cat with a bushy tail, was in this dilemma when he realized his tail was missing. The worst part was that he couldn’t place where or how his tail got missing. It was his silvereye bird friend, Milo, that alerted him to the missing tail. Millvy asked Milo to join him in a search that would make them pass through a myriad of obstacles. Milo rallied round four other silvereye birds to join the search party. They had no idea what awaited them in their search for Milvy’s missing tail.
The beauty of children’s books lies in their colorful presentation. This shows both in writing and illustration. Millvy's Missing Tail by Eleanor Kit ticked this box. The writing was sweet and interesting to follow. The author opted to write in the present continuous tense. And, she did well to make the tense consistent all through the short narrative. I must also commend Lizette Duvenage for the colorful illustration. It added life to this short story.
What I liked most about this book was the way Eleanor introduced the characters of this book. They didn’t show up out of the blues. She created a seamless entry and exit for the characters. The role of each character was significant and connected to the plot of the book.
I did have a couple of things that didn’t sit well with me. First, I noticed inconsistencies in the illustration. There were times some characters showed up in the illustration with no mention of them in the adjoining text. For instance, the red scorpion I saw on page 21 was neither mentioned in the text nor had a role in the plot. There were also irregularities in the size of objects in comparison to others. At some point, the birds were big, at other times they were too small when compared to the cat’s size. This was an issue for me because illustrations go a long way to paint a picture of a story in the minds of children. These sorts of lapses create confusion and distraction for readers. I already commended the colorful illustration. But, I wished the illustrator avoided these kinds of errors.
I also did not like the abrupt ending of the book. I understand the need to leave a cliffhanger to create anticipation for the next installment. But, the way it came in this book was a little over the top. It left me high and dry as there wasn’t a conclusive ending to this story. I expected the author to be a little more creative with the ending.
There were no grammatical or typographic errors in this book. The author and editor did a great job with the text. But, I rate this book three out of four stars due to the concerns I raised earlier. I recommend this book to children of reading age, parents, and children teachers.
Millvy's Missing Tail
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