3 out of 4 stars
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Rory is a toy who simply longs for a child to come along and choose him for a playmate. What kid wouldn’t want a fun summer toy that comes with his very own little surfboard? Sadly, though, Rory gets passed up day after day until he ultimately wakes up in the bargain bin. Before all hope is lost, six year old Emily decides that Rory is the toy she wants for her birthday.
Rory enjoys his new life with Emily, and even makes friends with her other toys. Soon, Rory even gets to accompany Emily to the beach. This is just the kind of adventure Rory was made for! What starts out as an exciting day of fun with Emily and her friend, soon takes a turn for the worst when Rory is somehow left behind and then gets carried out to sea. He knows he must find his way home, but has no idea where to even start. Will Rory ever find his happily ever after?
Rory Aqua Adventure Man is a fast-paced chapter book geared towards children ages seven years and older. Through the use of vivid descriptions and well-placed humor, author Michelle Path invites the reader to join Rory as he meets colorful new characters and finds himself in one sticky situation after another. There is never a dull moment in Rory’s story as he travels along through the water, jungle, and even ice.
The author has a great imagination, and the language she uses is absolutely suitable for the intended audience. I particularly enjoy the way the author weaves in important issues, such as the problem with pollution in our oceans. This is a great way to get important information out there to our youth in a manner they may enjoy.
I rate Rory Aqua Adventure Man 3 out of 4 stars, but would give 3.5 stars if I could. Minor polishing would be helpful, but there really are only a few errors. The constant references to Rory being a boy’s toy are slightly bothersome. I cannot tell if Michelle Path is poking fun of gender-specific toys, or if she is reaffirming the stereotypes. I think she is poking fun, but it is not quite clear. However, this is truly only minor, and the book is still quite enjoyable. It is a book I plan to keep for my boys to read when they get a little older. I would recommend this to readers in the 4th or 5th grade age range. I think those who enjoy the movie, Toy Story would particularly find enjoyment in reading this book. The author truly has a way of putting the reader right there in the story!
Rory Aqua Adventure Man
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