Monday, August 31, 2015
Eye appeal is crucial when creating a book for children and the cover of STAY! A TOP DOG STORY by Alex Latimer looks like something my 7 year old grandson would be interested in. Aside from the graphics which were pretty cool the book was not for him.
The plot an overactive dog, was conceptually interesting. Unfortunately the wording did not flow in such a manner that it is easy to read aloud. Nor could it capture and hold the attention of a 7 year old particularly if your goal is to get him or her to read the book with little or no assistance.
The graphics were drawings which were apparently digitally enhanced. This may have been OK if the story was not so wordy. Older children, particularly those who are tech savey, will find the graphics boring.
I reviewed an ebook copy of STAY! A TOP DOG STORY which did not present well. The publishing credits were mixed in with the first pages of the book. Because this was an advance copy of a book that is to be released in print I disregarded those technical errors.
Even evaluating this book on a “curve” I cannot recommend it. I don’t know what child would find this book worth owning.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion. The opinions of this review are my own.
The expected release date of STAY! A TOP DOG STORY: September 1 2015
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
I chose to review this book simply because no one else seemed to. I kept waiting for someone among the BOOKLOOK reviewers to post a review but after about a month there was still no takers. By the time I had received SPENT MATCHES by Roy Moran in the mail there were a few reviews posted. As I began reading it I could understand why the delay. The book is not something I would rush to the store to purchase because I just do not want to read another book about what is wrong with churches and how do we fix it.
This is a good book, well written. If you are an introspective person who wants to evaluate your faith you might want to read it. If you are a church leader or considering entering the ministry I would suggest you read this book.
I don’t think the information presented is “new” thus SPENT MATCHES is more of a reminder of what those who are followers of Jesus should be doing. I think the book serves as a course correction, unfortunately I doubt the individuals who need to read this book will.
I don’t know if SPENT MATCHES will help ignite the fire in the spiritually dissatisfied however the book does have valid points to make. I am honestly not excited about this book HOWEVER I still recommend it. Every now and then a book reviewer will come across a book this is good but not for her, this book is that book for me.
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