- Book Style: Kids multi part story
- Reading Level: 3 (Reading Alone due to: Length of book and some descriptive vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 10-15 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Cartoonish, colorful, sharp
- Age Target: 4-8 Years of Age
- Author: Stephanie Marie Roberts
- Author’s Page: Amazon
- Book Purchase Page: Liam Shark Boy for Amazon Kindle $2.89 USD or E-mail here for a Paperback copy
- Social Media Links: Facebook
Liam Shark Boy is a story book for kids that’s about a young boy named Liam who loves sharks. He loves them so much that when he goes on a fishing trip with his dad, he meets a special whale shark named Dearborn and they become good friends. Liam then meets all kinds of sea life and learns about the special powers he has. Finally, Liam, with the help of his new friends, uses his special powers to save his older brother, Joshua, from the evil sharks.
When I first saw the length of this ebook, I was concerned that my 4 year old wouldn’t be able to stay with it. What I found was that Stephanie (our author) had found a way to break up the story into multiple parts. Each part had a beginning, a middle, and an end, and they each developed a character and the story further. It kept my little guy engaged on every page and we walked through the story with ease.
Aside from keeping my child interested through a relatively long story, I was impressed by a few things in this book. Firstly, I loved how specific everything was in the book. Not only did the specificity help with the story, but it helped with retention. I promise you, my child knows what a Kingfisher Offshore boat is, but it’s not because we own one (in case you didn’t catch that, it’s because that’s the boat mentioned in the story).
Another thing that I instantly noticed was the sheer number of facts and information contained in the story. There’s just a ton, and it’s done effortlessly as our author has laced the story with these facts. She even manages to tell the facts through the characters in a lot of cases, and so it feels embedded in the story. I love it when an author finds a way to embed learning within entertainment (and hey, that’s exactly what we do here at Kids Fun Channel).
Now, this isn’t like a lot of younger children’s storybooks where you have 20 pages and all 20 are covered completely by illustrations. Instead, there are 1-2 illustrations on each page. They’re vignetted into the pages, and so they appear as a bit of a cloud. I love the style and I think it works within this ebook. What’s more, is the illustrations themselves are colorful, fun, and have a very sharp style to them. The characters are lifelike, and they all appear to be having fun. All in all, they’re great illustrations and each one adds to the book.
All in all, this is a great story that’s made even better through its fantastic wealth of information and knowledge. The story itself is great and it will ignite your child’s imaginations, and the illustrations match right up with it (the story). In fact, the story has been awarded a 2016 eLit Award in the Children’s Books section, which should tell you all you need to know. And yet…the most amazing thing about the book is that it only costs $2.89 USD. Considering the length and quality of this story by Stephanie Marie Roberts, that’s a steal of a deal for a book you’ll end up reading to your little ones for a long time.
Until next time, Smash, Crash, and Learn!