Friday, March 27, 2015

Book Review: Elliot's New Friends by Justin P. Lambert

Elliot’s New Friends
By Justin Lambert
Publisher: Lambert/Langton
Published: June 25, 2014

Amazon Synopsis:

| Age Level: 0 - 8 | Grade Level: P - 3
A not-so-little baby elephant named Elliot hits the road to discover what there is to see away from the cool watering hole and the shady trees where the rest of his herd likes to sit and play checkers. He gets scared up a tree and has a host of other adventures as he meets some great new friends along the way.
Your 3-8 year old will love to read (or be read) this charming story about a curious and thoughtful little elephant who is eager for adventure and learns the power of friendship and diversity.

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 My Thoughts:

Elliot’s New Friends is a lovely picture book about friendship and diversity. Elliot is an elephant who encounters several adventures on his trip away from home. This book is best suited for children ages 5 to 8 due to the complexity of the sentences.

The pictures are absolutely excellent. They are bright and colourful. They are a lot of fun to look at and children will enjoy them.

The story is amusing. I liked where Elliot thought the hyena was a funny-looking elephant until he realized that he wasn’t an elephant at all, and that was okay, they could still be friends.

This book will be too difficult for beginning readers to read for themselves, but they will certainly enjoy having it read to them. However, as a teacher I noticed that the text size on each page kept changing depending on how much print the author wanted to put on the page. Generally for younger children the print size tends to be larger. I did notice that on one page the print size was quite a bit smaller than all the other pages.

I also noticed that using the Kindle for iPad app, the words were cut off at the right hand edge of the page. As an adult with lots of practice at reading I could not always predict the missing word. For a child developing reading skills this would simply lead to total frustration. I am assuming the issue is the app and the book reads correctly on a Kindle reader.

Elliot’s New Friends is a humorous and educational book that will be enjoyed by any child who loves animals. I would recommend it to any child and family. I rated it 4 stars out of 5.

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

About the Author:

I support myself as a content marketing specialist, copywriter, ghostwriter and speech writer.

I write short fiction, novels, and poetry. 
I’ve also written quite a few essays under the general topic of Timeless Principles.  Basically, these are musings on living a better, more fulfilling and more successful life through basic, time-honored, common sense principles for living.

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