Publication Date: November 17, 2016
Rating: out of 5
Theme: Friendship, Persistence, Trust, Bullying
*This book was kindly given for free by the author in exchange for an honest review.*
Ronaldo, a young reindeer, wants nothing more than to obtain the title as fastest flyer in The Reindeer Flying Academy. However, when he realizes that someone is stealing his carrots, he gets distracted.
When he locates the culprit, Ronaldo discovers more than just a carrot snatcher. He discovers someone who needs help. Can Ronaldo and his best friend, Rudi, help their new friend find her family?
What an amazingly cute and heartfelt story! First and foremost, I was really impressed with this book because the author not only wrote a great story, but she also illustrated adorable pictures!
The writing style and illustrations are wonderful for children. They are inviting, easy to follow, and logically sequenced. All of the illustrations are drawn with enough detail to appropriately show each character’s expressions. Also, I love how the author chose to show diversity among the reindeer. This makes the tale very relatable and realistic. I found the plot structure to be flawless. There was good background building, a clear problem, climax and resolution. There was humor, acts of kindness, and overall a feel-good book for both children and adults with a great and clear message.
The themes here were perfectly executed. Friendship is such a strong one, which is clearly shown through the bond Ronaldo and Rudi share with one another. Along with their strong bond, they accepted someone who is very different from them. Even the bullying aspect was just enough to show the actions made were bullying, but was not too extreme to be off-putting for young children. I loved how the consequence to the bullying was spot on.
Overall, it was such a joy and honor to read Ronaldo: The Phantom Carrot Snatcher.