| Tiffany Rose’s illustrations are modern, with a contemporary look to the actual art and the characters of the story. They fit the story’s tone well, but they might not “grab” every reader. As I wonder if a more neurodivergent reader/viewer might have them as “too much.” They are very colorful and well detailed, therefore, allowing them to tell the story and compliment the text at the same time. But even I did find them too “much” at times. Just know your reader and their sensory needs.
This is a nice message story, but also a fun solo read, one-on-one read, or a group reading. And while most ages can read it, it would work best for at least five and up, capping around a younger eight or nine-year-old.
Messy handwriting doesn’t mean you can’t be an author
Abdu’s Story by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow