The following review originally appeared on my other blog, Cozy Little Book Journal, on June 8, 2012. Since that time the author has let me know that she will be re-editing the book before publishing it in wide release. So the following review may be out of date:
This book is beautifully illustrated and, if the text were to be rewritten a little, it might make a lovely picture book. When I read that the author is a Speech and Language Therapist who is interested in writing children's books that are educational, I assumed that the character in the book who has a stammer (Pokie the pufferfish) would have some resolution. Maybe the book is about stuttering, I assumed. I was wrong. Pokie's stammer just seems to be a way to distinguish when he is the one speaking (though just adding words like "Pokie said" would have been much more effective for young readers). And, like Lisl Fair's other book (Lexi Fairheart and the Forbidden Door), it might be easier for her to get it published in print if she makes it the standard 32 pages instead of the hard-to-print 23 pages of the e-book edition. Still, my two-year-old really liked the beautiful pictures and I think the book has potential.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing a review, though the review did not necessarily need to be favourable, just honest. I frequently read and review books for this reason, but I am always very truthful (and, I hope, fair) in my reviews. Therefore any opinions expressed are strictly my own.
I look forward to the re-release of this book. I think with a little editing, it could be marvellous!
Hit the jump for Magda's take:
Magda's take: "What's that? Was he scared of the fish but then he wasn't scared of the fish? Aww that's nice! They became friends!"
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