Friday, January 24, 2014

Book Review: Don't Let Rocky Get Away! by Yuval Harpaz

Don’t Let Rocky Get Away
By Yuval Harpaz
Publisher: Yuval Harpaz
Published: Jan. 13, 2014
ASIN: B00HC033Y6

Amazon Synopsis:

Join Tommy on his adventurous and fun journey through the lost toys world. 
Discover what it takes to catch Rocky, the naughty runaway monkey toy, which holds the secret path back home. 

Is Rocky really a bad monkey or is it a tale encouraging kids to take responsibility on their thoughts and actions? 

By reading this book you can let your kids realize the benefits of keeping their room clutter free. The story can help overcome the common struggle between parents and children about organizing the kids toys and room. 

This children's book of a kids journeys is a great introduction to "chapter books". It is 
suitable for kids at the age of 6-8. With 23K words and 18 charming illustrations, the story encourages children to improve reading proficiency. 

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My Thoughts:

This was a short chapter type book for young readers. It is suitable for children ready for chapter books, where the story is mainly told through words, rather than pictures. This would generally be children ages 7-10.

The book begins with Tommy coming home from school. He is disinterested in lunch and has no homework. All he wants to do is get into his bedroom, but he can barely get his door open. His mom tells him he needs to clean his room up. Rather than taking responsibility for the state of his own belongings, he blames his friends for leaving his toys in a mess. Tommy’s mother reminds him that it is up to him to get his friends to help him clean his toys up when they are finished playing with them, and that he will need to clean his room up before he can go out to play.

This book is a fun and imaginative way to learn about organization and taking responsibility. Keeping one’s room tidy and organized is hard not only for children, but is often hard for us adults too!

As Tommy, Rocky and their toy friends sort organize the Lost Toys Land, they learn to organize things by grouping them together. They cooperate with one another. There are many examples in this book of behaviours that make living together as members of a family easier.

The pictures are clear and brightly coloured. I think they are imaginative and appealing to children.

The other thing that I liked about the book was that included with the purchase of the book was an audio version of the book, some tips for parents on how to help your child get his/her room organized and keep it that way, and a set of pictures for your child to colour. All in all, a nice little bonus. And for those adults who have difficulty with organization – this might be your opportunity to get organized right along with your child! :)

I gave this book a rating of 4 stars out of 5. I’d recommend it for a fun way to help get started dealing with your child’s Lost Toys Land!

Thank you to the author Yuval Harpaz for providing a copy of his book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

Yuval Harpaz is a married father of 3, likes jogging, writing, photography and personal development. He has rich imagination and sometimes is even caught doodling comics on napkins.
Yuval's stories are built to establish the love for books and reading in children. He accompanies his stories with intense and colorful illustrations. His stories are meant to make a difference and to allow children to develop and master a new level of reading.

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