4 out of 4 stars
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The Three Brotherteers by Iris Knightley is an illustrated storybook for children. Barris, Kensington, and Zachary are three brothers who love the story of The Three Musketeers. While they are waiting on their mother to prepare dinner one evening, they head outside to play. Their imagination comes alive as they pretend to battle vicious pirates who are trying to steal their treasure. They even come face-to-face with a giant sea creature from which they must defend their pirate ship against. Their brotherhood is strengthened as they adopt the famous line from The Three Musketeers – "All for one and one for all!”
I really appreciated the adventurous storyline of this book. The boys embarked on unpredictable adventures which portrayed children’s imagination at its best. Using their imagination, they animated ordinary objects and created a new world to play in. For instance, the porch became their pirate ship and animals became enemies. This reminded me of the humorous comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes.
I also liked the illustrations because they perfectly captured the boys’ adventures. The illustrator, Robin Boyer, used simple animated drawings, bright colors, and expressive facial features on the characters. I think this will stimulate children’s mind and hold their interest. The font style was also enjoyable to look at. Some of the dialogue was printed in a bigger font while the narrative text was printed in smaller letters. Several sentences were printed in undulating lines. Altogether, these positively contributed to the visual aesthetic of the book.
I think this story would be an excellent one for children who live with their brothers and sisters. In the story, the brothers played together harmoniously. In real life, siblings tend to squabble and fight a lot, but this book can encourage children to play nicely with one another. This is also a great book which can be read to a class of kids as it can give them a few ideas for multi-player outdoor games. I think this story may also motivate children to read or watch the movie, The Three Musketeers. The only ones who may not enjoy this story are children who may be too young to read, but they might appreciate looking at the illustrations.
I am rating this book 4 out of 4 stars for its adventurous storyline and creative illustrations. There was nothing which I disliked about the book. Furthermore, the book seemed professionally edited because I did not come across a single error. The layout was also fantastic.
The Three Brotherteers
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