Title: Riley Mae and the Ready Eddy Rapids
Author: Jill Osborne
Received: Trade paperback
Series: FaithGirls and The Good News Shoes.
Price: $1.99 (kindle), $9.49 softcover
Reviewed for: BookLookBloggers.
My son thoroughly (at 8 years of age) enjoyed me reading this book with him. He asked tons of questions, showed interest and excellent recall of facts. We would mostly read one chapter a night unless the chapter was very short (some are only 1-2 pages).
My thinking is this is a good book for children. It seems to be geared to girls (part of the FaithGirlz club) series, but my son (and the few nights a friend of us joined us, both enjoyed it as well.
The story makes you want to know what happens next. My son had fun imagining going over the falls rolled up like a ball. And came up with lots of "mom, what do you think you would say if ___________" as he tried out all kinds of different scenarios. He was so happy that she was alright and worried about "why would someone want to hurt her mom? That wasn't very nice was it?" It was good to see that empathy there.
Would I say he understood everything in the book? No.... if he was a couple of years older I think he would, but he understood the broader themes, we learned about leukemia (gave us a chance to learn how blood and bone marrow works), understood a bit more about faith in action, and enjoyed a good mystery story.. that isn't quite finished.
"Mom, can we get the next book too?"
My answer was "I hope we can review it like we did this one buddy". And that was good.
Can't think of anything truly objectionable.
Worth getting for your children indeed.