4 out of 4 stars
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Toni the Superhero; written by R. D. Base and illustrated by Debbie Hefke, is an entertaining and adequately illustrated book for young children. The author, a mother of three young boys of her own, and an avid reader herself, is very well qualified to write this sort of children’s fiction book owing to her experience with young children. The essence of the book is to imbibe the spirit of reading in young ones
The author introduces readers to the main character in the book, Toni; a young boy who also is a superhero. He is shown adorning a superhero costume and even flying like some other superheroes. However, Toni has no superpowers, despite being a superhero. He is just a boy who takes his chores seriously and engages in regular activities such as reading, helping a lost animal, dusting the house, helping his mother wash dishes, swimming, eating etc. He may be a superhero, but the character also plays with his friends and has regular routines just like any other child.
It is a well illustrated book with very catchy colours; radiating happiness and excitement page-after-page. Besides, not just the gay scenes make the book interesting, the wordings of each scene is adequately illustrated, some pictures spread across pages just to give a clearer meaning to the texts. This will help give the young readers better understanding, not just from the write-up but from the pictures, as they are able to decipher meanings from the illustrations.
I will recommend this book to young readers, because of the lessons entailed therein. First is that Toni’s hobbies are not chores that children usually enjoy doing, but this book aims to subtly help in character-building in the young readers, like rendering help at home, reading, rendering help to animals and so on. Also, his meal, as illustrated, contains vegetables and fruits which he was eating happily; we all know how parents strife to make their wards eat vegetables. I’m sure when young readers see Toni the superhero doing so in this book they will be encouraged to do same. This book will help young readers who are having difficulty reading, or those who don’t like reading, to develop their reading skill with the simple words and without being too serious about it.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars; owing of the pleasant ways it illustrated the mundane tasks youngsters engage in and at the same time making reading an enjoyable activity. This is a good book that will show young readers what they already do at home by a superhero that enjoys engaging in such activities as well. The book will appeal less to children above the age of 7 in my opinion.
Toni the Superhero
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