“I just knew if I never gave up, and we stuck together, having a good buddy might be enough,” one ladybug tells his friend in Jason Graham’s children’s book, Incredible Skydiving Adventure.
~ What ~
First in the Ladybug Buddies series, this forty-four-page paperback targets readers three- to ten-years-old. With no profanity or scary scenes, the book that contains five chapters has a noticeable amount of punctuation, grammar, and sentence structure issues that may concern some readers and adults. About a dozen colored and detailed illustrations grace the pages.
In this quick and silly tale, the Ladybug Buddies’ One and Two enjoy their lives living off of bottle caps and spills of root beer at Buddy’s Pop Shop. While Buddy One is adventurous and full of ideas, Buddy Two prefers the quiet, sedate life. Everything changes when one of the ladybugs hears how being a good buddy includes skydiving.
As the two insects jump aboard for a ride up in the sky, they learn what it is to truly be friends and help each other, even if one is precocious enough to want to experience more excitement than the other.
~ Why ~
This is a fun read that is written in common-day speak that includes a dude with dreadlocks, fear of the Head Bottler, and the Oath of the Buddy while promoting loyalty and friendship.
~ Why Not ~
Although the story is cute, charming, and innocuous, it has not been professionally edited so some may be cautious having their child read or believe that improper writing skills are acceptable.
~ Who ~
Author Graham has worked with the Coast Guard and youth programs. He is also a wilderness expert and contributor to a survival guide. Illustrator Beausoleil has been painting professionally for over thirty years.
~ Wish ~
With this book containing so many writing errors, it is rated down in my opinion as I would rather our children read properly written books than those that are not edited, perhaps teaching young ones it is acceptable to write poorly. If these errors were corrected, my rating would change to 4 instead of 3 stars. I apologize in taking this stance, but I cannot stress how important a proper education is to the future.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book to read out loud to a child so they do not notice the myriad of errors, this may be an option.
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GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.