4 out of 4 stars
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The Amazing Adventures of Jimmy Crikey: Worlds Beneath and Above the Stars is a children’s book by Wallace E Briggs. Jimmy always got bullied at school for looking different. He had ‘bright red hair’, a ‘small snub nose’, ‘pointed ears’, and ‘enormous feet’. One day, he decides to run away because he couldn’t take the bullying anymore. Without realising, the ground in front of him opens, and he falls in. He discovers the town of Roombelow. Everyone in this town accepts Jimmy for the way he is. This book takes us on a journey through the crazy adventures Jimmy experiences.
What I liked about the book was that the author didn’t use any complicated language. This is great because it means that children will be able to read it easily. I also liked the author’s descriptive writing. I was able to picture the scenes vividly. I love that the story takes you on an adventure with the characters. I truly felt like I was a part of their lives.
There are black and white illustrations that go along with the story. The illustrations are beautiful and detailed. Having the illustrations is nice because it helps bring the story to life. The story is fast-paced, so I didn’t get bored reading. The story is unique and creative. There are talking animals, mermaids, witches, and many more. There’s something for every child to enjoy.
Furthermore, I really like that the author wrote the story in the third person perspective because it allowed me to understand the backstory of all the characters. The author developed the characters really well. Each character is unique and lovable. I enjoyed seeing the friendship between Jimmy and Gemma grow.
Jimmy is portrayed as a strong, independent boy. I know many children will feel inspired by him. The book teaches many important lessons. For example, it teaches that it’s okay to be different from others, and it’s important to accept who you are. Jimmy grew to love his differences and accept them.
There were only a couple of things that I disliked about the book. First of all, it would have been nice to have more illustrations. This would have made it more exciting to read. Secondly, coloured illustrations would be more appealing to children.
Overall, I would rate this book 4 out of 4 stars because it was an enjoyable read. I only found one mistake, so it is professionally edited. It is suitable for children aged 9-13 to read. I highly recommend it to children who enjoy reading magical, adventurous books.
The Amazing Adventures of Jimmy Crikey
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