Official Review: The Scary Snow Day by Kyle Derby Pratt

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Official Review: The Scary Snow Day by Kyle Derby Pratt

Post by bookowlie » 17 Aug 2018, 11:43

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Scary Snow Day" by Kyle Derby Pratt.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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The Scary Snow Day by Kyle Derby Pratt is a children’s picture book about a young boy who is afraid to go sledding. Timmy wakes up and sees it’s snowing outside. He is happy to hear on the radio that school is cancelled due to the snow. While Timmy would love to go sledding, he is nervous as the hill near his home is so big. Will he be able to conquer his fears and enjoy sledding?

This short book is written completely in rhyme. However, it’s not immediately apparent that the lines rhyme. The sentences are formatted in a traditional paragraph style rather than each sentence being on a separate line. It would have been better to structure the lines on separate lines so that the rhyming style is clear.

The plot gets right to the point. After the initial thrill of having a day off from school, Timmy becomes apprehensive about sliding down such a big hill on his sled. The story is easy to understand, with a clear problem that arises. Children will be able to relate to being scared to do something that seems difficult. Reading about Timmy’s plight would let them know they are not alone, that other children get scared, too.

Timmy is the only character in the story. One page shows other children sledding, but Timmy doesn’t interact with any of them and he is alone throughout the book. As a result, the storyline is a little bland without any conversation with a parent or friend. The plot could have been enhanced with even one other character, as a parent could have comforted Timmy or offered encouragement. Still, there is a useful moral to the story that would be relatable to both children and adults.

With simple word choices and short sentences, the book is an ideal choice for children who are beginning to read independently. The bright, cheerful illustrations closely follow the actions described on each page. This is an important aspect since it’s helpful to provide visual clues for children who are learning to read. There are a few instances where thought bubbles are used to show what Timmy is thinking about. These bubbles add depth to the story as they help children to understand the character’s thought processes.

I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. Despite the aforementioned issues, the story is an entertaining read with a universal moral. I would recommend the book to children ages 3-8. Parents or teachers can read the book aloud to younger kids, while older kids could enjoy reading it independently.

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Post by booklysis » 18 Aug 2018, 02:17

Wow! This is full of teachings for children. Children will learn to overcome their fears through this book.

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Post by Ruba Abu Ali » 18 Aug 2018, 03:44

I appreciate the moral behind the book. It's a useful read for both parents and children. Great review, as always. Thanks. :tiphat:

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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 18 Aug 2018, 05:20

What's really great about children's books is the contribution and the positive effect that it can implant in them. It's always a great thing to expose children to love books and this sure is one way. Thank you for your review!
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Post by bookowlie » 18 Aug 2018, 09:25

Thanks everyone for taking the time to read my review and post a comment. It's always nice when a book can be both fun and educational.
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Post by gali » 18 Aug 2018, 12:51

A book revolving around fear of sledding sounds good. Too bad the the storyline is a bit bland, but at least the bubbles add depth to the story. Great review as always!
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Post by bookowlie » 18 Aug 2018, 13:01

Thanks Gali! I think it's common for kids to be afraid to try something new so the story is very relatable.
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Post by Bianka Walter » 18 Aug 2018, 14:25

I agree that it's a good idea to have a few more characters to enhance the narrative a little. It sounds like it worked out without that aspect either way.
Great review!
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Post by bookowlie » 18 Aug 2018, 17:59

Bianka Walter wrote: ↑
18 Aug 2018, 14:25
I agree that it's a good idea to have a few more characters to enhance the narrative a little. It sounds like it worked out without that aspect either way.
Great review!
It still was a cute story, but I think the fear aspect could have been enhanced with at least one character to help comfort and encourage the young boy.
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Post by Princeroland » 20 Aug 2018, 11:56

so interesting, really love this book, it will surely educate parents on the importance of intimating their children on how to drive fear away when growing up

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Post by kandscreeley » 20 Aug 2018, 12:42

Awww! I feel sorry for Timmy for not even having a friend! It still sounds like a cute story that could help teach children how to overcome their fears. After all, we're all afraid of something. Thanks for the great review.
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Post by teacherjh » 20 Aug 2018, 23:15

I grew up in sledding country. This sound like a good story about facing your fears.

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Post by AmySmiles » 21 Aug 2018, 07:12

This sounds like a fun read with a great message. Thanks for the review. I like that it focuses on overcoming fears, I hope it will help several children overcome their own.
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Post by Keevan » 28 Aug 2018, 22:44

Thanks for your review. This book sounds like it's educational in that children will learn that they aren't alone when it comes to their fears. I just might have to check this one out.

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