4 out of 4 stars
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To start off, I am not going to write this review for Toni the Superhero by R.D Base in the perspective of an adult because that would not be fair to the book. If I were to write the review for an adult, I would have to criticize the lack of a story, little character development, too many pictures compared to too little text, and that all the sentences are the same. While this book does not work for an adult, it is amazing for children who are starting off their adventure in learning how to read.
The story is easy to follow and simple, perfect for children starting to learn how to read. We do not know how Toni became a superhero or what kind of abilities, if any, that he has, but for children that is perfectly fine. Children will love how the story delves quickly into the story and action instead of having to wait for a story buildup. The imagery that goes with the book is simply drawn, but it is bright and colorful, pleasing to the eye and fun to look at for a child. Nothing is graphic or of some inappropriate nature, but they are fun and welcoming to children. Each image goes perfectly with the written sentence to further help a learning child connect a sentence to an action. It’s usually easier for a child to learn how to read if they can connect something they know to the words that mean the same thing.
What I find interesting is that Toni is said to be a superhero, but not what kind of what abilities he has, other than maybe flying as shown on the first pages of the book. He does plenty of activities normal for children, like jumping, cleaning, and eating, so he becomes more relatable to the child. This is almost like telling the child that they too can be a superhero just by doing normal daily activities. There is no pressure for a child to do anything extreme or dangerous if they wish to mimic the same actions that make Toni the superhero he is.
The sentence structure is simple an easy for a child to follow. They all begin with “Toni” and points out some activity Toni enjoys to do or something that describes the child hero. The word choices are simple and easy, no complicated or hard to pronounce word for a learning child. This will help a child stay focused on reading since they will not be overwhelmed by too hard sentences or too many characters.
Parents can easily sit down and pick up this book to read with their child and both parties will enjoy the bonding experience. I give the book a grade of 4 out of 4 stars because it is a great starting book to help teach children how to read. For any parent wanting to teach their child the joy of reading, consider picking up Toni the Superhero, you may even see a superhero in your own child soon.
Toni the Superhero
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