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I know there are good indie picture books out there. Pirates Stole My Booty (A Silly Pirates Picture Book) (Silly Picture Books) is one I’d point to as being a benchmark. This story is rather mediocre though, and the ‘as told by’ feel of the story didn’t work for us. My youngest wandered away during the reading a few times.
The pictures are okay but tiny. Pictures should be more a part of the story than added after. I’d like to see the author give more thought to this. It could be fun.
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This is a bit of an odd book, the cover tells us it’s based on a story by John H Carroll, although not which story that is. The whole point of this therefore seems to be putting illustrations into the skeletonised remainder of the story. The end product is a bit odd then. The pictures are pretty small, some pages don’t even have pictures, and in fact the first page doesn’t have any at all. The pictures that exist are interesting, colourful and well drawn but they are very small. They are laid out like someone is inserting images into a Microsoft Word document and hasn’t discovered how to wrap the text around the image or anything other than centring between paragraphs or the most frequently done, centred under just a few lines of text. I don’t understand why the pictures aren’t bigger, they are small on a PC, definitely not designed for small screen portable Kindle devices.
The story itself ends abruptly, there’s not much to it, it seems like it should be continuing on when you simply can’t proceed any further. Basically a father is telling his child what it will be like with its new cat Goober and the mischief the boy will get up to with his pet.
This is worth checking out if still a free download but I wouldn’t pay money for it. It doesn’t have the humour or out there writing that John Carroll’s bizarre style short stories have. I’d download one of those instead.
Colorful! I was looking for a book with good images and this is a good one. Thanks for make it this book free. My daughter is 6 years old and like it very much!
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