Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tomy the Dreamer

In Tomy the Dreamer, written by Linda Unugboke, seven-year-old Tomy wants to be a super hero because he wants to use his super powers to help people. During the course of several months, he has a series of dreams and encounters that help reinforce the idea that God can communicate with us through our dreams if we have a devotion to God and faith to believe.

The illustrations by Patricia A. Lee are bright and expressive.

What I Like: I like the underlying message of the book, that of faith and devotion to God.

What I Dislike: However, it was difficult to figure out what the story was really about. Initially, Tomy wants to be a superhero. He has dreams of special things and experiences that help him realize God is speaking with him and guiding his path to great things. But, somewhere in the text the author seems to get distracted from the original idea and adds chapters that don’t seem to have anything to do with the central theme.

And, text is peppered with typos and improper punctuation and the tense keeps shifting from present to past without any warning or reason for doing so. That might not bother some people, but it bothers me enough to make it difficult to concentrate on the story and not on the corrections that need to be made.

I also think the price is a bit high for a paperback book, even if it does have 84 pages.

Overall Rating: Ho-hum.

Age Appeal: The suggested age group for this book was 4-8, but I'd say it's more appropriate for 6-10-year-olds.

Publisher Info: AuthorHouse, 2011; ISBN: 9781467877176; Paperback, 84 pages, $28.99
Special Info: This is the first book in a planned series of books by the author about Tomy, a regular boy who is growing up with a loving family. Read more about the author and the book at this website.

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