Monday, February 10, 2014

The Treasure Of Snake Island by Carole P. Roman

The Treasure of Snake Island: A Captain No Beard Story Volume 5Oh Dear...

Ok, what I liked: The illustrations are lively and colorful and I think children will enjoy them.

The story itself is not bad, it encourages a love for reading and the things we can learn from books and is set to a kind of piratey/ hidden treasure theme.

But......but.. but.. I really hate to criticize but the writing is NOT on a child's level. It is stilted and unnatural. The word choice and length of sentences are not in harmony with the age bracket audience. On the second to last page we have a sentence of 23 words!!!

If you're going to write a story for children just learning to read, (I'm thinking the target audience is 5-7) WRITE IT SO THEY CAN READ IT! My guess is that not many new readers will grab this book. Which is a shame. Because I think with some more editing and reworking the story could be a good one.

* I recieved a free paperback copy of this book (along with a treasure map, a plastic snake and "treasure" gems) by the author and publisher CreateSpace in exchange for an honest review. Sincerest thanks.

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