4 out of 4 stars
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Toni The Superherhero by R.D. Base
Due to its brightly colored cover, it catches the eye of everyone – not just children. It is an attractive, bright and short book for kids. It is written in easily comprehensible language for kids with eye – catching illustrations on every page. Thus, it looks perfect for those little kids who are learning to read for the first time. It is likely to inculcate in them the merriment of reading a good book at young age, which will be fruitful in their later lives.
Basically, it tells the reader about a young boy, Toni, with extra – ordinary powers. These powers are not precisely described in the books, but apparently it can be judged by the illustrations that the boy has super powers like flying. Here it is worth noticing that every kid likes the idea of flying so the reader will surely develop a bond with the aforementioned character. However, the boy who is the main character of the book is illustrated by Debbie Hefke as a much older boy than the kids for whom it seems to be written. The young readers will not notice this difference, but I think it was more suitable for Debbie Hefke to illustrate the boy a little younger.
It initially introduces the main character with his name as most appropriate and then mentions the positive things he like to do; like helping and playing. The writer mentions both the good habits that children should have and which they themselves like (e.g. jumping and drawing). A very engrossing thing about this book is that after first introducing with the super hero, it tells the reader that “Toni likes to read”. Consequently, a young reader’s mind will connect the super heroic powers with reading. In fact, it is an impressive hook for the reader who will wish to read more afterwards.
The best thing about the book is that it tells the reader about those hobbies of Toni which young kids also have, before mentioning those healthy tasks which good kids should be habitual of. For instance, it is mentioned that “Toni likes to help” after mentioning that he likes to sing and dance.
Finally, the book tells the reader that Toni is awesome; indirectly giving young kids a role model to follow. Moreover, it does not have any grammatical errors. That’s why I honestly rate this book 4 out of 4
Toni the Superhero
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