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