4 out of 4 stars
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Galagamous the Galactic Garbage Collector by Julia J. Irwin is a children’s picture book that takes place in outer space. Galagamous is a hermit that lives on the ruby red moon of the planet Megopolary with his friend Fizbot – a furry, green Yarper. The people of Megopolary don’t like Galagamous and Fizbot, and they make fun of them. They make fun of Galagamous for his size, and they think that Fizbot must be mean. Being teased makes Galagamous sad, and he wishes on a star every night for things to change. Do you think his wish will come true?
This is one of the best children’s books I have read in a while! I thought it was unique, excellently written, and vibrantly illustrated. I think that sometimes people believe that children’s books don’t need as much time, effort, and organization put into them as other books. I personally believe just the opposite. In my opinion, these books should have a good message, a clear plot, interesting pictures, and professional editing at the bare minimum. I am happy to say that this book meets all of my basic requirements for a children’s book and even exceeds them. Because I really couldn’t find anything wrong with the book, I give it 4 out of 4 stars.
This book plays on the universal anti-bullying message in a unique way. We hear about bullying all the time, but this book does a great job pointing out this problem without reiterating the message in a boring way. It also does a great job including all of the basic elements of a strong plot. There is a clear introduction, problem, and solution. A lot of children’s books don’t include all of these elements, so I was impressed that this one has them laid out so clearly.
The illustrations in this book are also excellent. The way the pictures are spaced throughout the book does a great job moving the story along and keeping a good pace for young readers. Children would definitely enjoy looking at these pictures; I know I did. For young children that can’t read, pictures are especially important. These illustrations help tell the story for those readers.
It’s important to point out that the editing of this book is flawless. I didn’t notice a single error within the book. I appreciate when any book seems to be edited well, but it’s even more important in children’s books due to the audience’s impressionability. I have to commend the author on making sure that this book was properly edited.
I mentioned before that this book exceeds my expectations for a children’s book. Specifically, the inclusion of several literary techniques is what impressed me when I was reading it. For example, all of the characters of the book speak in rhyme. This is consistent throughout the book, and it makes it fun to read. The book also had alliteration and onomatopoeia. The inclusion of all of these makes the book an excellent teaching tool. Reading it would be a fun way to start pointing out these different devices to children. I definitely would recommend this book to all school-age children and their parents and teachers.
Galagamous the Galactic Garbage Collector
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