- Book Style: Horror stylized book for kids
- Reading Level: 2 (Reading With Help due to: mid-range length and some difficult vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 7-10 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Feels a bit like Plants Vs. Zombies
- Age Target: 2-10 Years of Age
- Author: Russell J. Dorn
- Author’s Page: Russell J. Dorn
- Book Purchase Page: Main book sale page, Amazon eBook – $3 USD, Amazon Paperback – $9.99 USD
- Social Media Links: Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube
Felipe Femur is a story about a skeleton named Felipe who’s big on heart. Felipe finds himself a bit bored and lonely, and so he sets out to see some of his friends. He travels from house to house, solving issues for his friends. Each time he leaves, he leaves because his friends offer him something he can’t use. For example, what skeleton can use sunscreen? In the end, all of Felipe’s friends show up at his house to help him through his loneliness and his boredom, and they all have a great time.
Honestly, this is an incredibly interesting story book for children. Being that he’s a skeleton, Felipe is a pretty unique character for a children’s book. It would have been very easy for our author, Russell J. Dorn, to make the book scary and to push it outside a toddler or young child’s range. He didn’t, and the book hits the mark for young children.I think the best thing about the book is the story itself. Essentially, we watch a group of friends help each other help. They’re supportive and very friendly, and I think it instills a really positive message in children. Not only does it not matter what they look like, but their treatment of each other is fantastic and they all seem to understand how important it is to be nice. The story borders on one big moral message, and I love that it doesn’t hit you over the head with that message. It just leaves it there for your child to witness.
Another thing that I really enjoyed about this book is the format. Our author clearly understands how important it is to have repetition in a children’s book, and he employs this over and over, (and over, and over) again. Each time Felipe meets up with a friend who looks unhappy, he asks them “Why do you look so crummy?” Each time his friends tell him what’s wrong, Felipe fixes the problem; each time his friends offer him something in return that he can’t use.
In the end, it’s a fun pattern that’s easily recognized by kids.
Onto what is clearly the most unique part of this book, the illustrations. There’s no way to say this, other than so say that they’re unlike anything I’ve seen in a children’s book. I wasn’t sure what to make of the book the second I saw the cover page, so I showed it and the other illustrations to my little guy. He has a vivid imagination and it was conceivable to think he could have been scared.
He thought it was great! He wanted to know more about Felipe, and as we walked through the story, he loved the different characters. He told me that his (preschool) teacher was a witch this Halloween and he asked me why the vampire turned so red in the sun. All in all, he loved the illustrations and I’m pretty sure that all children will.You can see in the picture above just how unique the whole experience is. I mean, that’s a vampire…outdoors…with shades and a tank top on. He has some pretty cool hair too, and ears that would make a wood elf jealous. I’m not sure why he’s missing one of his fangs, but it just adds to an already interesting character.
Now, it’s not like I know Russell personally, but I’ve been able to do some digging into who he is. He’s not your typical author, or at least that’s my impression of him. It’s pretty clear that Russell is highly motivated, and as a graduate of the University of Nevada, he has many skills (including speaking a little Japanese and building companies) that aren’t required by someone who writes children’s books.
Russell and I share some of the same experiences (in our youth), as he grew up on Goosebumps and Scooby-doo. He’s someone who enjoys things that are just a little different and mysterious, and he’s built a set of companies and literary works based off of what he enjoys.One of the most impressive things I’ve found is his app development company, named ZebraFox games. Not only has he produced Felipe Femur the book, but here’s an intro video to his mobile game for Felipe and his friends!
Felipe Femur is nothing short of one of the most interesting children’s books that we’ve reviewed here at Kids Fun Channel. It has very interesting characters that are followed by fun (and very different) illustrations. The story has some great lessons hidden within its pages, and the author makes sure that those lessons stick through some great repetition and patterns. All in all, this book is fantastic and is incredibly inexpensive for you to purchase. Head over to Amazon for a $3 USD eBook or a $9.99 USD paperback.
Until next time…Smash, crash, and learn!