In the mix of my 130 emails (I know, so few for most, but for me, that is an unbelievable amount!) I have an email from a rep of the bookstore. They send out a list of new books coming from a website we use to order and/or look at titles on. And occasionally there is a snippet or two/a page or three, that gives you a hint of what is to happen. However, they also sometimes have links to download or in the case of this email actually have a spot that lets you read without having to download anything. It just magically pops up on the screen.
One title was Roxy the Unisaurus Rex Presents: Oh NO! The Talent Show. Due late September/early October, this Eva Chen book is a sequel to their Roxy and friend’s series. And this book is a standalone title, but I do not think it would hurt to have read the first title, Roxy the Last Unisaurus Rex. This time Roxy learns there will be a talent show. All the dinosaurs are excited about their talents (even T-Rex who can stomp and swing his arm). But Dexter (another unisaurus) becomes sad as they do not have a talent. But of course, being the good friend they are, Roxy tells Dexter about their very extra special talent. After all, talent shows are for one day, Dexter’s talent is forever.
Matthew Rivera’s bright and bold images are simple in style but are cute. They will not necessarily be everyone’s cup of tar, but they are charming and fit the basically light-hearted text. Author and illustrator take a serious subject (feeling as you have no talents, but of course, everyone has their own unique way of being talented) and made it a feel-good, sweet read. A message and entertainment all wrapped into one.
Now, while Roxy and Dexter will not be in my “Top 10” books of the year, it will be fun to find the right reader (or listener) for it. (Approximately ages 3 and up). Also, would make for a fun beginning reader (sometimes with a bit of help).