4 out of 4 stars
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Just as he has the potential to do whatever he wants, Toni The Superhero has the potential to be your child’s new favorite superhero. This children’s book entails the extraordinary (and ordinary) daily moments of a young boy named Toni who can do anything from reading to animal rescue. He is a fun-loving, responsible, and energetic individual that can most definitely be a literary example for your child to follow.
Toni is relatable to children considering that he does just about anything a normal child would do. The content of the book is well-chosen, aiming to highlight both play and work, which is necessary for the development of children. It teaches children to have fun and to be creative while still inserting some sense of responsibility (ex. doing chores and helping out around the house). Parents would be more than overjoyed to see their kids following Toni’s example.
Considering the fact that this is a children’s book, the writing is simple and repetitive, which helps in developing kids’ reading skills. The repetition and alternation of short words and phrases could help children understand subject-verb agreement. It begins with an introduction of Toni, who he is, and what he likes to do. This provides children with a positive and outgoing outlook on life. It pushes the idea of enjoying outdoor activity and doing productive things.
Right off the bat, one of the greater strengths of this children’s book is the illustration. There’s plenty of green color, allowing for a jolly atmosphere. The other characters are always displaying bright, white smiles, which reaffirms Toni’s happiness, which child readers are bound to pick up. The colors are very vibrant and the art looks almost like watercolor. There’s plenty of motion in the images, suggesting that activity is important and that Toni and his friends are always on the move. One of the coolest aspects of the book is the fact that yes, Toni is a superhero, but at the end of the day, even he takes off his mask and is just a kid like everybody else. It just comes to show children that they too, as young as they may be, may also be heroic in the own little way.
Overall I would recommend this book to parents and their children. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. In reality there was nothing to dislike, given the audience this is intended for. There are no grammatical mistakes, nor are there any issues I would have any qualms with. Toni The Superhero (written by R.D. Base and illustrated by Debbie Hefke) is a great book for parents to gift their children.
Toni the Superhero
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