Publication Date:January 22, 1990
Themes: Adventure, Struggles, Courage, Wisdom, Overcoming Fear
A young boy sets off to see what the world has to offer. Sometimes, he sees great and amazing places, and other times he sees sad and even scary places.
The illustrations are very inviting and the rhyming makes reading more fun. It’s great to see these unique illustrations, the ones that give you a Dr. Seuss feel.
I really liked the vocabulary throughout the book’s pages, too. Words such as, perch, lurch, break-necking pace, prowl, dexterous, and deft can be great to help build a child’s vocabulary, which can help them be more invested in what they’re reading.
Another aspect that I truly enjoyed was how the young boy not only faced positive adventures and was confident, but there were also times of struggle and uncertainty. This is true to life and would open up some great discussion on how to problem-solve and to realize that life is not all fun and games, but in a light and fun way. It also shows that though there are troubling times, if you set your mind to it, you can overcome them and find the light at the end of the tunnel.
The character wasn’t given a name and the adventures the boy goes on are not always literal. Not sure if children would be bothered with an unnamed characters. However, it might be challenging for some children to see that some of the book takes place in your mind rather than it really happening. When they are ready to take this book to that level, it would be great if the adult reading with them helped connect those dots.
Overall, this was a fun read that would be great for children to read and experience.
I would recommend this to preschoolers, Kindergartners, and first graders who enjoy colorful illustrations and going on adventures.
Was this a book of my choosing or one for review?
39 out of 50 books of my choosing for 2018!