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Book Reviews: Edition 3

Welcome to Book Reviews: Edition 3. For those of you who do not know, I am a children’s book author myself, as well as a former behavioral therapist. My comments come from my experience in both areas. The three books I am reviewing as apart of Book Reviews: Edition 3 are: Good Night Brothers by Clara Dunmore, Easter Eggspectations by Lauren Rosai, and That’s So Silly written by Sigil Adler and illustrated by Abira Das.

Good Night Brothers

The first book I am going to review is Good Night Brothers by Clara Dunmore. At the start, I am not very impressed as there is a typo in the description (a period instead of a question mark). Although this is a small error and easy to miss, any errors in the description are concerning. This is one thing that should be given extra scrutiny before publication, since it is what is bringing people into the book.

Formatting

When I opened the book, I saw that the formatting was a bit odd. The table of contents is on the same page as the first page of the book. If it were me, I would not have included a table of contents, since all that is included is the title of the book.

Thematic Issues

The story also starts with the main characters’ twin brothers being brought home from the hospital. This doesn’t really seem to have a lot in common with the title and theme of children being afraid of the dark. While I believe the author will get to this, the book already being off theme is a bit concerning.

On the second page, the author jumps into the MC and talks about him being afraid of the dark. I am left to wonder what the first page has to do with the story then because it feels really out of place.

Miscategorization

Upon reading the rest of the book, I think it is mis-categorized as a children’s book (I’ll get to that in a minute). And, it really needs a good edit. There are punctuation errors that detract from the story, and this isn’t a children’s story. This a social story for an individual child to help him to sleep in his own bed. It is an okay model for what a social story should be, but is also lacking parts necessary for its actual genre. 2/5 from me.

Easter Eggspectations

The second book I am reading this week is Easter Eggspectations written and illustrated by Lauren Rosai. Like with Good Night Brothers, I did have some issues with the description. It doesn’t flow well. And, there’s a lot of telling rather than showing that feels awkward here. I’m left wondering if the story is about the eggs being chosen to be made into Easter eggs or if it’s about the makeover process. This isn’t clear from the description, which is a bit of problem. The description is what brings your audience into it. If your theme isn’t clear, the reader is going to be less drawn to your story, even if it’s amazing.

I read this story all in one go. And, I found it to be cute. However, I felt like the story would have been a little bit stronger if she had focused on fewer of the eggs. It took some time for me to get into the story because there were so many characters. This is a minor critique though, and this book gets 4 out of 5 stars from me.

That’s So Silly, Rhyming Games for Kids: Interactive Children’s Books. Activity Books for : Todllers, Preschool , Kindergarten and 1st Graders (kids picture books – level 1)

The final book I will be reviewing is That’s So Silly, Rhyming Games for Kids: Interactive Children’s Books. Activity Books for : Todllers, Preschool , Kindergarten and 1st Graders (kids picture books – level 1). This book was written by Sigil Adler and illustrated by Abira Das. At first glance, I notice that there is a misspelled word in the title. Like with issues in a description, this can deter readers from purchasing the book. For me, the only thing I look for when I do these reviews is if the book is in Kindle Unlimited, so that doesn’t matter to me. But, it is something to note.

The description looks more like a series of reviews, which is a bit confusing. I think those reviews belong in the review section or need to be clearly separated from the book description.

Like with Easter Eggspectations, this book is cute. However, it is very, very, very long. Honestly, it is too long for a children’s book. It is divided into sections. But, I feel as if it needs to be clearer by separating each section into a chapter, or better, into a separate book. I’m giving this 4 stars out of 5.

Final Comments:

So, unfortunately, there were no 5 star books this week. However, two of them were both 4 star books. And they receive my recommendation for the week. Lauren Rosai’s Easter Eggspectations and Sigal Adler’s That’s So Silly are both cute books that your preschooler will enjoy. Thank you for reading Book Reviews: Edition 3.

If you’re interested in having your children’s book reviewed please fill out this form. Please keep in mind that I only accept books for review if they are in Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited or if you can otherwise provide a free copy. I also do not guarantee a good review as you can see above. I believe in providing honest reviews.

While I will occasionally review other books, please keep in mind that they take longer to read (which results in longer turn around time, and I am particular about what I will read (I tend to like urban fantasy or mystery novels best). You are welcome to submit a full length novel on the same form, but please be mindful that turn around time will be much slower. Also, depending on the number of submissions I get, there may come a time when I cannot respond to everyone. Until such time comes, I will do my best to, at the very least, review all children’s books that have requests for reviews.

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