Monday, October 31, 2011

Book Review: A Different Kind of Hero by Leah Beth Evans

The rainforest is under attack.
One monkey is determined to save it.
His name is Tomagochi.
He’s brown.
He’s small.
He’s plain. 
But when a group of men enters the rainforest armed with bulldozers and axes, Tomagochi the monkey springs into action to defend his natural habitat.
While larger animals like Peshe the tiger run and hide, Tomagochi charges into battle. 
Will he be victorious?
Will the rainforest be saved?
Join Tomagochi as he fights to protect his home and discovers just how special he truly is.


For this review, I asked Kat to have her little girl A, read this book as well to get her take.
A says- I read the book "A Different Kind of Hero" by Leah Beth Evans.  The book is about a monkey who thought he wasn't special, then figured out he was, and became a hero.  Pershe the tiger was my favorite character and I liked it when Tomagochi the monkey stopped the men from destroying the rain forest.  The pictures were very pretty, too!  The story was okay, but a little boring.  The first part was kinda slow but then it got cool. The end made me happy though!

K says-"A Different Kind of Hero" was a cute book that aims at helping children realize there's something special about everyone, as well as bringing attention to the plight of deforestation in rain forests.  Written by the author while in 4th grade, the book is a little on the light side, but still a good read for kiddos.  It led to a great conversation with *a* on what she thinks makes her special, and lots of Googling of rain forest animals.  The illustrations were wonderfully done, and very clever.  The text was a bit hard to read on the full color pages, but overall it was bright and beautiful.  Would love to see more work from both the author and illustrator!

Hannah says - I thought that this was a really cute book for little kids. It can get kids to think about what makes them special, and presents it in a fun and exciting way. I loved the illustrations, although, I wish that the words stood out a bit more from the color pages. The only thing I really didn't care for was at the end of the story, with the violence on the monkeys part. Although, I think that a lot of kids would just think that's funny.
Here's a bit of info by about the author & the illustrator of this book:

Leah Beth Evans: Leah Beth Evans was inspired to write her story as a 4th grade student after studying about the rainforest. She continues to enjoy writing stories and poetry. However, her story A Different Kind of Hero has always been one of her favorites. 

Coleen Gedrich: Colleen, a lifelong resident Throop, PA, earned a BFA in illustration from Marywood University in 2002. Since that time, she has worked part-time as a freelance illustrator specializing in animal-themed work. She enjoys creating her art using mostly watercolor and pastel. As a dedicated animal rights activist and full-time program coordinator for International Society for Animal Rights (ISAR), Colleen lives her dream of joining her passions for animals and art to promote a more harmonious world with a touch of beauty. Recent works produced by Colleen include t-shirt and invitation designs, children’s book illustrations, and book covers. Colleen has also teamed up with her very talented artist mother, Kathy Holmes Gedrich, and paints murals for children’s nurseries. 

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