4 out of 4 stars
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Whatever You Like by Cassie Ellis is an illustrated children’s book. The text is simple and can easily be understood by young children.
This book talks about different things kids might enjoy. It starts with, “Some kids like light, some kids like dark. Some kids like the beach, some kids like the park.” It continues in much of the same way giving examples of things kids might like followed by an opposing thing that other kids might like instead. There is no real storyline, no specific characters, and no designated setting.
Since I have a young child and two young nieces, I read a lot of children’s books. The younger ones tend to enjoy anything, but especially books that rhyme. As they get older, they seem to enjoy books with storylines. This book falls into the former category. It is simple but shares a message of inclusivity. It also rhymes which makes it more appealing. For books that rhyme, I like to read them aloud to make sure the flow stays consistent and easy. This one mostly worked in that regard, so I won’t complain about any forced rhymes or mismatched syllable counts. I like that it teaches a lesson and that there is a point to the book.
The illustrations work well with this book. The colors are vibrant and there is just enough detail to keep them interesting. None of them felt cluttered or overstimulating. There are light shadows giving everything a professional depth. There are four different children displayed in the illustrations. I like that they are each unique and children can easily relate to them.
I really appreciate that I did not find any errors in this book. There wasn’t anything that I didn’t like about it. Therefore, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I would recommend this to parents looking for books to read to toddlers. It can help to show children that not everyone is the same and not everyone likes the same things.
Whatever You Like
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