4 out of 4 stars
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Gilby: The Unlikely Hero is a children’s book by Matt Bolton. Gilby lives in a world without colour. The only thing Gilby and his friends have to eat is fish that tastes of stinky feet! One day, they realise that there is no more fish to eat. What are they going to do now? Gilby sets off on an adventure to find more food.
This is a really good book. The cover of this book is adorable, but it’s not that eye-catching. This is a result of the lack of colours used. However, I understand why this had to be the case. The author’s idea of there being 2 separate worlds is a creative idea. One world is colourless, and the other is colourful. What these two worlds mean could be up to interpretation. For me, the colourless world represents an unhealthy diet and an unhealthy lifestyle. Whereas, the colourful world represents good health, which in turn results in happiness. We see this in the book when the characters become more cheerful after they’ve eaten the fruit.
I like that the text is all rhyming because it makes it more fun to read out loud. The author did a great job with the rhyming words because it all flows smoothly. Alongside the text, there are also beautiful illustrations. The illustrations tell the story themselves. I like the friendship between Gilby and his friends. Gilby’s friends are Simon the dinosaur and Eleanor the Seal. These fun characters will make children happy.
My favourite part of the book is when they were enjoying the taste of the new fruit because you can see how grateful they are to have it. This will teach children to be grateful for what they have. The main valuable lesson this book teaches children is that eating fruits and vegetables will make you healthy.
There was nothing that I disliked about the book. However, words like ‘vexed’ and ‘unbeknown’ might be difficult for children to understand. Other than that, the book was great.
Overall, I would rate this book 4 out of 4 stars because it was an enjoyable read. I only found two mistakes, so it is professionally edited. I highly recommend it to children the ages of 5-9.
Gilby. The Unlikely Hero
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