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Sal, Captain of the Baby Guards Paperback – Large Print, December 1, 2013
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"A fun tale that celebrates the wonders of a child's imagination... young readers will find that they have a lot in common with Sal. Reinoehl's story is fun, and I think adults will enjoy it just a much as the children, possibly more because of the humorous twist that it takes. I would recommend this for any child's collection, and I hope to read more from Jennifer Reinoehl." -Reviewed by Tania Staley for Readers' Favorite
About the Author
When Jennifer Reinoehl is not writing, she can be found checking out stacks of books on a variety of subjects and genres at local libraries. She holds both a degree in Biology and a degree in Theatre. She is well-traveled and in her spare time, she volunteers with organizations that teach children and improve their self-confidence.
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The prose is well done, with some minor exceptions which I'll address in a moment. The artwork itself is playful and well-composed, again subject to sizing issues I'll mention soon as well.
Children usually read stories about other children at their age level or older than they. As such, since the boy in the story seems about age three to five, I'll guess the book would be enjoyed by children aged two to eight, as their parents would read it to them. Thus, I will base my evaluation on the premise the book is to be read by parents to children aged two to eight, at their level of understanding.
As for the writing, like I said, well done. A few exceptions:
Some of the writing consist of phrases understood by adults, but not by young children, i.e. "mass of tickling laughter," "motionless," "lining up... for inspection," and "sweat began to bead up on his forehead." Also, children don't usually have the maturity to sweat out of fear. If they're nervous, they fidget, or run away, but usually don't sweat.
As for the artwork, I like it. The artwork should be bigger, as should be the words. I imagine it was formatted for electronic book version. The art should be more enlarged to fit its own page, and the words removed and enlarged to fit the opposite page. This is how books for very young children are usually structured, or with more large illustrations, with the same number of words, but in only three or four lines that fit easily as large size font underneath large illustrations. If words and illustrations go together on the same page, then usually there is a coloured background to ensure that the words are aesthetically joined to the illustrations. But here in this book, they seem to be too detached.
All in all, a delightful book.
The story should appeal to very young readers who are aware of some danger elements, without being frightened by them. By the end our hero has found what he has hunted so thoroughly, and is rewarded by accomplishing the great feat of slaying his adversary and protecting his family. Or so he believes.
I heartily recommend this story for young children.
I think young readers will certainly enjoy reading this book either to themselves or have it read to them. The true meaning of Sal’s role as baby guard will not be lost on them. As well, the illustrations are organic and reflect the humour of the story very well.
I can highly recommend this story for children of any age. It is beautifully written and I think they will certainly appreciate the humour in the story. This is a definitely a five star book for me!
Kids of all ages will enjoy this story. I really like the toddler who considers himself guard of the house. He sees that it is his job to gather supplies, train to meet a dragon, and patrol the house looking for signs of dragons. One day he finds a dragon and has the courage to save his mom from this beast. Was it a real dragon or just a really good imagination of a toddler? The readers will have fun discussing the ending to this story. Another bonus: there are dragons hidden in the artwork all through the book!
Parents and family members will quickly relate to the antics of this story on how a child's imagination seems so real!
The wording was great! Illustrations done by Nadir Saddiqui, perfectly matched the heart of the story.
I highly recommend this to parents, grandparents, pre-school and early elementary teachers. It is also great for early readers and Summer Reading Programs.
I heartily review and rate this book with a Five Stars rating.
*This book was sent to me by the author for an honest review, of which I have given.