- Book Style: Children’s story book with a motivation basis
- 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: Fun, colorful, cute
- Age Target: 2-10 Years of Age
- Author: Jermiko Thomas
- Author’s Page: Jermiko Thomas
- Book Purchase Page: Amazon Paperback – $9.99 USD
- Social Media Links: Twitter, Instagram
The Fearless Boy Inventor is a children’s story book about a boy named Walter. Obviously (given the title), he’s an inventor and as such, he takes a lot of risks. One day, he wants to find the answer to what thunder and lightning are because they scare him. He sets out to build a machine that allows him to fly up to the top of the clouds. While he’s up there, he finds out what thunder and lightning actually are (and it’s not what you expect…trust me), and this knowledge disarms both of those things. In the end, Walter conquers one of his greatest fears and therefore it no longer ruins his dreams.
I think the best part of The Fearless Boy Inventor is its message. Through and through, this book is here to help you talk to your child about their fears and their dreams. It’s intended as a message more than its intended as a story, and I think that makes it incredibly powerful for parents. As you read through the book, you’ll be able to discuss how something as scary as thunder can be less scary simply through understanding. You can really help to set a precedent for your child to work through their fears.
Now, beyond the message, there’s a fun little story here. I mean, what kid wouldn’t want to imagine themselves as an inventor? What kid wouldn’t want to imagine themselves flying up to the clouds? I know I would have as a child, and that’s what our author, Jermiko Thomas, has given to us in this story. Walter becomes a lovable character very quickly, and I think every child will identify with him.
If you’ve read our reviews here on Kids Fun Channel before, then you know how important we believe rhyming and rhythm are to a children’s book. We’re almost obsessive about how much it helps a child to retain information and how easy it makes for parents to read a book. Jermiko has accomplished a rare feat, as he ensures every page contains at least two rhymes on it. He has made each page feel like a bit of a song’s verse, and as such it becomes extremely easy for parents to read. Again, I love it when books do this and I watched my own child become engaged in the story simply because he was able to hear the rhymes.
The illustrations are colorful and cute. They are truly built for children, as the colors and characters really pop off the page. I’m not only talking about the main characters either, as the scenery is interesting and makes children want to spend time looking at them. Need more proof? Have a look at the preview video below:
I love the cartoon look to Walter. He reminds me of a 90’s T.V. cartoon (in a good way) as he’s both simplistic and (yet) interesting. He’s a cute character that I think could show up a few times in books by our author.
I also absolutely love the scenery in this book. The backgrounds are so vivid and really add to the feel of the story. The buildings, the clouds, and all of the other background objects provide a lot of detail that would otherwise have to be explained through the words on the page. I love that the author has allowed some of the story to be told through the pictures, as it truly engages children.
From my perspective, it’s important to understand a little bit about the author. This is especially true when you’re considering the purchase of a book for your child. Without further adieu, here’s a little bit about Jermiko.
Jermiko Thomas is nothing short of a motivated individual. He has an incredibly interesting story as a youth, and I think that has driven him to be successful in everything he does. See, before he was six, Jermiko didn’t speak at all. Doctors deemed him to be “slow”, and as such he had quite the hill to climb. However, by his junior high school year he really hit his stride and left any doubts behind him. He consumed book after book, went through a complete transformation, and became the driven individual that he is today.
With a story like this, it’s pretty easy to see why Jermiko would write a book like The Fearless Boy Inventor. He’s motivated to break down walls and he loves challenging people to chase their dreams, which is exactly what his children’s book is about. It’s about breaking down walls, such as fear.
Jermiko’s also a man after my own heart, as he’s a Certified Personal trainer and an entrepreneur. If that doesn’t say motivated and energetic, I don’t know what would.
The Fearless Boy Inventor is a great book with a serious lesson in it. It has been built to help you have a positive and important conversation with your little one, and I love how successfully it does that. The story itself is great, and the illustrations match up really nicely with the story. All in all, this is a great book that won’t break the bank at only $9.99 USD for a paperback copy from Amazon. Head over there now and pick up this great book by Jermiko Thomas.
Until next time…Smash, crash, and learn!