When we met Bailey Moore last month we were blown away by his sweet, funny, kind, and respectful demeanor. We enjoyed talking to him and learning about his reasons for writing a book. It is always a pleasure to meet hardworking, earnest youth. We recently received his book and well…WE ENJOYED IT.
It wasn’t a short picture book like the ones I am accustomed to reading. It is a 32 paged book with a lot of content and story telling rich with imagination, details and excitement. Due to the length of the story, the attention to complete and the details we recommend it for more intermediate readers age 7 and up. Olivia and her best friend, Naomie enjoyed hearing me read it to them. But my guess is it would have taken them longer to read it than it took me.
Anyway, the story had an excellent plot and was not at all predictable. It has realism and fantasy and the story is applicable to both boys and girls seeking popularity, fame, or attention from their peers. The story teaches children to be kind, honest, and respectful at all times. Respecting adults shows that you respect yourself. Having taught in K-12 as a substitute teacher this is a very valuable and well needed discussion topic. I really believe this book should be in every second to fifth grade class across the nation. What better way to teach moral and human decency in school than through literature. I liked the cover of the book. I think it is appealing to youngsters. I think the jaguar was a nice twist to the story. Mr. Archie is missing is definitely in my opinion a FIVE STAR BOOK.
Kudos to young author for doing such a great job at prose, setting, and describing the characters.
CONGRATULATIONS to his mother, Mrs. Moore for helping him succeed and encouraging him and to his grandfather who started writing letters to him at a young age.
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