4 out of 4 stars
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It’s not easy to be in a wheelchair when you’re a child. Such children are limited in many activities, often feel deprived, and may fall into depression. Medieval Mashup by Charlene McIver and Caroline Keyes is a children’s book that touches on this topic.
The book follows three friends: Cosmo, Leigh, and Tara. Their school organizes a festival of medieval costumes, and students are divided into teams where everyone designs and creates their own costumes. Everyone is very excited about the upcoming festival. However, Leigh, who is in a wheelchair, has difficulty finding the ideal costume. The reader further learns what Leigh and his friends will be disguised in and who will win the costume contest.
First of all, this book mesmerized me with its graphical aspect. It is fully illustrated, and the illustrations look like they were hand-drawn with watercolors. The other thing I liked was the friendship between the characters in the book. I like the support that Tara and Cosmo constantly gave to Leigh and how they tried to find him a costume that would suit him perfectly. Of course, I also like the message conveyed by this story. If you’re in a wheelchair or in any way different from your peers, that doesn’t mean you’re less valuable or that you can’t be cool and fun. With all that, I would like to emphasize that the book is exceptionally well edited because I did not come across any errors.
I have nothing negative to point out about this story. I liked every aspect and enjoyed reading it from start to finish.
Taking everything into account, I give this book 4 out of 4 stars. Because of all the above, I have no reason to give it a lower rating. The book is a real little gem that can be an ideal gift for all children who feel different. I think it can boost their morale and confidence. I would also recommend all lower-grade teachers read this book to their students. Children can sometimes be cruel and give inappropriate comments to others who are different, and they are unaware of how those comments can affect others.
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