Sunday, September 13, 2020

Review - Butterball Goes to the Beach

Butterball Goes to the Beach

by Julia Seaborn
Date: 2019
Publisher: Ocean Reeve Publishing
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 17
Format: e-book

This story picture book is about a curious fun-loving poodle, called Butterball, who can’t wait to go to the beach. She has fun playing and makes new friends with some unusual sea creatures. Why should she stop playing when she’s having so much fun? But then Butterball’s seaside adventure goes slightly wrong and her new found friends must come to her rescue. This easy to read picture book, with cute illustrations, features some basic literacy, comprehension and numeracy skill development as well as some fun activity pages. Young readers will enjoy the activities at the end of the book.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

Some little kids like anything. That doesn't mean they should be exposed to crap. Sorry if that sounds harsh. But I honestly cannot believe that this trainwreck of grammar has such a high rating on Goodreads and Amazon. There are two editors listed on the copyright page... and yet the book is absolutely riddled with errors.

The story is bland. The illustrations are unappealing. The last few pages are padded with stupid questions for kids to answer and a few activities (colouring, connect-the-dots, etc.)

This was a freebie, so all I wasted was my time. Still. This needed a lot of work before it was released to the public. It may have had editors... but I question whether they were professional ones.

Premise: 2/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 0/5
Illustrations: 1/5
Originality: 1/5

Enjoyment: 0/5

Overall: 0.67 out of 5

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