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Perky Girl: The Amazing Life of Bienna Molo by Vera I. Roberts


Genre: Children
Number of Pages: 160
Publication Date: March 31, 2015

Rating: 2-star-review out of 5
OBC Rating: 2 out of 4 stars
To Learn More About the Book, Click: Perky Girl on OBC Bookshelves

downloadBienna Molo is a perky and happy girl. She gives her account on her life from preschool age to when she passes away.




When I was teaching, I read a lot of children’s book both inside the classroom and outside. It helped me to realize what my students should be aiming for, and what is available for them to read. I would buy books from the Used Book Store, encourage them to use the school’s and public libraries, borrow books from my library, and bring books I had been collecting for years into the classroom. This was a way to expose them to as much as possible to not only enhance their reading comprehension and writing skills, but to see what they really enjoyed and would love to explore more.

Being away from teaching, I now have those books I bought stored for when my husband and I have our own children. All for the reasons mentioned above.

Sadly to say, I do not plan to expose this book to any of our future children. There is no real plot here and no real direction to the story. The sentence structure is too simple and almost cringe worthy. There are no emotions here too, just words.

I am all for children writing stories, essays, poems, etc. In order to become better writers, they need to write. Students should be encouraged to explore their imaginations and see where they end up on the other side. But when publishing a book for the world, there does need to be some substance. I realize that a child (unsure of the age) wrote this one in particular, but there are some improvements that need to be made here. I kept hoping that the writing style would mature as the character became a teenager, then an adult, and then as an older adult; however, it didn’t.

Here we have a girl that literally goes through her entire life in short snippets. Starting off in preschool, we learn about what Bienna likes and doesn’t like, how her sister ran away, how she got a dog, how every last and first days of the school went, what she tells her friends, and the list keeps going.

I would recommend to the author to try writing another story with some type of problem/conflict in the story and to follow a story structure map. This would have brought more to the story. It would also be a good book to go through the publishing process at school or at home.

No, I wouldn’t. There are so many other good quality children’s books out there that I would recommend you pass on this one.

*This book was reviewed as part of the OBC Blogger Program* 

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