Walk on the Wild Side by Nicholas Oldland (mini-review)
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1, 2015 by Kids Can Press
“There once was a bear, a moose and a beaver who loved adventure, though sometimes their competitive natures got in the way of fun.
When the three friends set out on a mountain hike one day, they soon grow restless and decide to race to the summit to add some excitement. But as things take a turn for the worse, who will give up his chance at glory to save the day?”
A cute book full of excitement for the little ones! I think it will be fun for adults to read it to children as well, because the humour in it is something both age groups can appreciate. I know I did at least, I giggled out loud several times.
I love picture books, yet this illustration style is not really my thing (simplistic, looks like you can make it yourself with Paint), However, I don’t think young children will have a problem with it at all. It’s quite colourful and the characters are well defined. They have faces which remind me of my bulldog; no matter what he’s doing, his face always makes me laugh.
The text is printed in a font that reminds me of Comic Sans, which makes it look less professional than it could look. In all honesty, I gasped a little when I saw the price of this book. I wouldn’t pay 17 dollars for the version I just read.
All criticism aside, I would still recommend this book to people with very young children or as a classroom read. Stories about friendship between animals were always my favourite when I was little. I also love the setting. I saw this book is part of a series called ‘Life in the Wild’; using anthropomorphism for animals in the wild is something I always find delightfully awesome!
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