Official Review: Landon Rides The Subway by Diana Perez

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Official Review: Landon Rides The Subway by Diana Perez

Post by Bianka Walter » 17 Nov 2018, 04:35

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Landon Rides The Subway" by Diana Perez.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Most people treat riding the subway as an activity that is second nature to them. Like walking and sleeping, subway travel has become a way of life for a lot of people; it doesn’t warrant a second thought. Landon Rides the Subway recreates the thrill and wonder of how it felt to ride the subway for the first time. The final destination of his subway ride is the Museum of Natural History, and his excitement for that gets dwarfed by the amazing atmosphere of the underground. What a fun way for children to get excited about a form of travel that most adults find dreary and routine.

As a result of the wonderful illustrations in the book, the vibe of the subway is virtually tangible. The people, the music, the lights – it was an absolute delight! I felt Landon’s sheer elation through the images and narrative – even though the text was somewhat limited, being a children’s book. I applaud Diana Perez, the author, for managing to get so much energy and enthusiasm into such a limited amount of text. With only a few lines per page (if any), she manages to clue the reader in about exactly what Landon is feeling.

The illustrations, as mentioned, are fantastic. They are colourful and full of contrasting hues that demand the reader’s attention. I love that the illustrator has given Landon a teddy bear backpack, which he dons throughout the journey. There is a part where characters from Landon’s favourite movie start to sing and dance. It doesn’t mention what movie, but the illustration clearly shows people wearing outfits from The Lion King. The relationship between the writing and the images is perfectly interdependent.

This book goes to show that riding a subway shouldn’t be just another humdrum experience. There is also nothing frightening about it – so fear is definitely not something that children should feel when the underground is concerned. The subway, ultimately, is their connection between home and all the cool places they want to visit. What fun!

I love it when I can happily give a children’s book 4 out of 4 stars. This one certainly deserves it. It has been well edited, it is educational, and I feel that children would get excited to read it. I would recommend this book to parents and teachers who read to their children, as well as children that are learning to read. The simple sentences and corresponding images make it easy to understand. This book will make children enthusiastic and ready to explore the world. What a fun ride it was!

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Post by Rosemary Khathibe » 18 Nov 2018, 02:31

With characters from Landon’s favourite movie singing and dancing, this book sounds like a fun read. The fact that it's also educational is an added advantage. Nice review!

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Post by gen_g » 18 Nov 2018, 03:51

This sounds like such a great children's book! I love it when children's books have both interesting content and brilliant illustrations for a more immersive experience to make learning fun. I absolutely loved your review! :D

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Post by Bianka Walter » 18 Nov 2018, 08:51

Rosemary Khathibe wrote:
18 Nov 2018, 02:31
With characters from Landon’s favourite movie singing and dancing, this book sounds like a fun read. The fact that it's also educational is an added advantage. Nice review!
Thanks for stopping by :)
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Post by Bianka Walter » 18 Nov 2018, 08:52

gen_g wrote:
18 Nov 2018, 03:51
This sounds like such a great children's book! I love it when children's books have both interesting content and brilliant illustrations for a more immersive experience to make learning fun. I absolutely loved your review! :D
Thanks, gen :) I must say, I'm always happy to give a children's book a perfect rating!
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Post by MsTri » 18 Nov 2018, 12:18

This' too funny AND familiar. The small city I grew up in didn't have subs, so when I moved here, to the big city, in my 40s, it was SUCH a wondrous thing for me. Even now, after 6 years, I still find them fascinating. Thanks for the fun review!
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Post by Cotwani » 18 Nov 2018, 12:23

The author's ability to build an adventure out of the sense of wonder inherent children is commendable. The good illustrations add a nice bow on the entertaining package. Great review!
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Post by Kajori50 » 18 Nov 2018, 13:04

As we grow older we forget to find joy in little things. It seems this book can help us relive those moments of innocent joy.

Thank you for the great review.

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Post by Bianka Walter » 18 Nov 2018, 13:21

MsTri wrote:
18 Nov 2018, 12:18
This' too funny AND familiar. The small city I grew up in didn't have subs, so when I moved here, to the big city, in my 40s, it was SUCH a wondrous thing for me. Even now, after 6 years, I still find them fascinating. Thanks for the fun review!
I live in a country that only has old-school trains. So I'm in the same boat (so to speak :)) I must say, I've always enjoyed riding a subway - but it's still a novelty for me when I travel!
Thanks, MsTri!
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Post by Bianka Walter » 18 Nov 2018, 13:24

Cotwani wrote:
18 Nov 2018, 12:23
The author's ability to build an adventure out of the sense of wonder inherent children is commendable. The good illustrations add a nice bow on the entertaining package. Great review!
Thanks, Cotwani! I must say, it was really fun :)
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Post by Bianka Walter » 18 Nov 2018, 13:26

Kajori50 wrote:
18 Nov 2018, 13:04
As we grow older we forget to find joy in little things. It seems this book can help us relive those moments of innocent joy.

Thank you for the great review.
Thanks, Kajori :) We do forget to appreciate the little things sometimes!
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Post by Miriam Molina » 18 Nov 2018, 16:35

What an enjoyable review! I was sitting beside Landon, pressing the nose of his Teddy 🐻 while singing Hakuna Matata.

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Post by kfwilson6 » 18 Nov 2018, 18:48

Omg, I love that he has a teddy bear backpack. I think Landon's trip to the museum could make an excellent sequel. It's so great to see a cute, fun, educational book for children. Parents of young ones on OBC should check this one out. I loved this review.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 18 Nov 2018, 20:01

What a wonderful children's book and an excellent review as well!

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Post by Book Lover 35 » 18 Nov 2018, 23:51

I remember riding the subway for the first time. It was exciting. I can understand why kids would be excited. I like that there's a teddy bear backpack. That's adorable. Great review!
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