2 out of 4 stars
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Tiki the Rabbit: A Scary Dream by Sibongile Mukandi and illustrated by Mike Motz tells the story of young Tiki who has a terrifying dream and is comforted by his mother.
A scary dream is something that everyone has experienced whether young or old and is easy for the readers to connect with. I love that the author chose this theme because it can allow a child to connect with their parent or guardian about events in their life, just as Tiki did with his mother. I would recommend this book for any parents or guardian reading to their child, especially if you need to discuss the topic of scary dreams.
However, the writing style of this book is predictable and boring. The author uses the same sentence formulation for nearly every piece of dialogue and description. This creates a disruption in the flow of the writing. I also found some of the dialogue to be chunky and unrealistic. For example, when Tiki is describing his scary dream the mother says, “I am curious to hear what happened next.” The language used here is too formal for a mother to use with their child in this situation. The quote could be simplified for better reader engagement and show warmth from the mother to the child.
The best part of this book is the illustrations. Mike Motz has done a terrific job capturing the essence of the story. The characters are simple yet elegantly portrayed to the audience. I love how the illustrator has incorporated beautiful backgrounds that help create the character’s personality beyond the writing.
Due to the above reasons, I am rating Tiki the Rabbit: A Scary Dream by Sibongile Mukandi and illustrated by Mike Motz 2 out of 4 stars. Though the story was exceptionally edited, the writing style hinders the illustrations, causing me to lower my rating. I like the author’s chosen theme, but I wish they varied their sentence structure and critically analyzed which descriptions and actions are necessary for the book and which are just filler.
Tiki the Rabbit: A Scary Dream
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