Review by holsam_87 -- Toni the Superhero by R.D. Base

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Review by holsam_87 -- Toni the Superhero by R.D. Base

Post by holsam_87 » 01 Jul 2018, 15:08

[Following is a volunteer review of "Toni the Superhero" by R.D. Base.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Toni the Superhero by R. D. Base tells the story of a young boy with great power. He likes to do a lot of ordinary things, just like everyone else. This book tells what he likes to do when he isn’t busy saving the world. It is just the first of Toni’s adventures.

I really enjoyed this book, because it was simple and straightforward. The pictures are not only bright and colorful, they show a variety of what Toni enjoys doing. I especially liked the scene of Toni with his friends because it shows a mix of kids from different backgrounds, which encourages inclusivity. Seeing all of the other activities that he was doing will give readers ideas of what they can do, not only by themselves but with friends and family as well.

Perhaps seeing Toni do chores would encourage kids to help out in their home or classroom? By having chores or learning to pick up after themselves, this will teach children about having a good work ethic and that helping others is part of citizenship. While it is up to parents on whether they give incentives or not, in schools they have ways to reward good behavior. The sooner you work on positive behaviors; the better-behaved kids will be as they grow up.

This book would be great for emergent readers, because of its simplicity. In teaching beginning readers, it is best to teach them with books that have repetitive sentences in them. A good example of this is the use of “Toni likes to…”or the sentence structure in by Dr. Seuss like Hop on Pop or The Foot Book. These types of books are also good because the sentences only have three to five words per sentence.

Another good thing about this book is that it can be used to see if kids know how to read from a book. What I mean by this, it would test if they can find specifics in the book. Such as the title, the author, and if they are actually reading the books from left to right while tracking with their fingers. Some of these actions might be too difficult, but if a child is ready then they may pick up these behaviors from their parents through mimicry.

Some questions that can be asked throughout the story to engage the reader could be about Toni’s actions, his friends and the colors. In Preschool, students might be asked what they like to do. Or they could be asked what their superpower would be if they had one. This might be too much for some groups, but kids can be surprising.

As far as I can tell, there are no spelling or grammar errors in this book. I have no problems with this book because it was well done. This will make it easier to captivate young readers since they tend to have short attention spans. Students with disabilities would enjoy this as well since it isn’t too long or hard.

It is with these thoughts that I give Toni the Superhero a rating of 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to anyone with young children or Preschool-aged kids because of how easy it is to read and the length. It is also great for those kids with big imaginations that like to help. Hopefully, the other books will be just as good.

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Post by Lunastella » 24 Jul 2018, 14:23

Great review!
I just reviewed this book too.
I agree that Toni is a great role model and the book deserves 4/4. I just found it a bit overly simplistic for some kids, regarding plot development and vocabulary. What do you think?

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Post by holsam_87 » 31 Jul 2018, 00:24

Lunastella wrote:
24 Jul 2018, 14:23
Great review!
I just reviewed this book too.
I agree that Toni is a great role model and the book deserves 4/4. I just found it a bit overly simplistic for some kids, regarding plot development and vocabulary. What do you think?
It is pretty simple, but that way an Emergent Reader's confidence is built up. Not only do the sentences match up with the pictures, the verbs are easy to read since they are in CVC format like jump or play. A lot of reading programs focus on simplicity first and then become more complex.
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Post by stacie k » 31 Jul 2018, 00:41

I like your idea to use the book as a springboard for questions and discussion with the children. I love the concept of this book and how it encourages children to do everyday chores like Toni.
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Post by Laura Bach » 31 Jul 2018, 03:17

I like the variety of unique elements this book offers, like different ethnicity, different activities.

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