Official Review: I Am Awesome! by Ryan K. Maule

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Official Review: I Am Awesome! by Ryan K. Maule

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[Following is an official review of "I Am Awesome!" by Ryan K. Maule.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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I Am Awesome by Ryan K. Maule is a children’s picture book about having self-confidence. Grace and Zeal are two of the inventor’s creations who live in Goodland. Whenever one invention asks another how they are doing, they always reply, “I am good!” One day, Grace and Zeal meet Hope, a new invention, and they ask, “How are you today?” When Hope responds, “I am awesome!”, the two inventions are confused. They rush to ask the inventor if Hope’s response is a mistake, or if they might, in fact, be awesome.

This is a beautiful book with a fun, simple story. I liked the straightforward nature of the lesson, which teaches that, because we are made in God’s image, we are awesome like He is. The author doesn’t over-explain this point, choosing instead to use the inventor as a symbol for God and the inventions as representations of us. The message is clear without being cheesy, and I could see lots of children enjoying this book.

I don’t feel that I could write a good review of this book without mentioning the wonderful illustrations by L.M. Phang. They allowed me to imagine the inventions at play and gave me an image of the kind, caring inventor. These beautiful pictures reminded me of watercolor paintings and gave Goodland a sense of both familiarity and wonder.

My only complaint about this book is that the author could have incorporated the words with the illustrations more. There are very few pages which contain both words and an illustration, and those were some of my favorite ones. Compared to the pages with pictures on them, the ones that only contained words felt plain and unfinished.

Despite this small complaint, I would still rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. From the great writing to the awesome illustrations, I would recommend this book for any kid needing a confidence boost. Since I only found a couple of errors (on the About the Author page), I feel confident in telling parents that this is a truly professional work. The reading level is appropriate for beginning readers, who might need a little help, and intermediate readers, who could probably tackle this book on their own. I think this would be a great book to read out loud to little kids, as it could open up a conversation about how awesome they are!

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Post by Laurina_Olowo »

I am definitely awesome. Thanks for a beautiful review. I should read this one.

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Post by Miraphery »

This would help kids learn about self-confidence and since it is straight forward, they would find it easy to understand. Thanks for such a nice review.

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Post by SomeoneInTheWorld »

What a wonderful book! This is so important to help kids feel confident about themselves, I'm really happy that such books exist. Thanks for the great review!

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Post by Mya4855 »

This book is very good for adults and children there’s a lot of self confidence in this which amazes me a lot 😍😍

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Post by fadjei »

This sounds like a really great book for kids. It's important that we instill confidence in them and that this book can help do that.
Thanks for the review!

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Post by Royd mushanga »

It's very awesome indeed. It will really help kids to learn quickly and build confidence in them. WoW!

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Post by JoyALB »

This sounds awesome!!! What an amazing message to pass on from a young age. Absolute brilliant. Beautiful review!

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Post by Dannyphery »

What a lovely Book.
I love how the author was able to express and pass his tought in a simple manner.
I'm sure it'll be an awesome read for children.
Nice work on the review

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Post by diana lowery »

Great review. I wish this book was around when I was a child. It took me a long time to realize I was awesome.

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Post by Ladyg5 »

This book sounds amazing to read to my autism grandson. I always tell him he awesome, you see they look at life different then me. I so glad to know their are books that can help kids with their confidence. I would love to read this book with my grandson.
Thanks for the review..

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Post by MsH2k »

Sometimes we all need to be reminded that there is something even better than good. Thanks for an awesome review!

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Post by Harty »

I like the ingenious way the author has chosen to present the subject of self confidence to kids. I especially like how he presents the striking difference between "I am good" and "I am awesome" through the use of a few memorable charachters. Thanks for the enjoyable review.

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Post by AnxiousSocks »

This book looks so sweet and empowering! I would love to read it.

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Post by FEislandqueen13 »

I can see how cute the drawings are based on the cover. Too bad the author didn't have illustrations on all pages ; it's the pictures in a children's book that give life to the story. 8) nice review.
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