Children’s fiction is a beautiful genre. I love it because it has to be written in a simple language, one that the child has to understand. The simple presentation adds to the magic, and more often than not, I imagine myself reading the story to a child. The themes don’t necessarily have to be convoluted either. It was very recently that I came to know of this book, and thought I’d read it.
The short story, all of 42 pages, is the story of a boy named Lyle. His heart is in the right place, but has a particular bad habit that might go against him in the future. But there is time for him to turn over a new leaf and stop the possibility of getting a bad reputation. Can his mother’s idea inspire him to do just that?
One thing I love to see in children’s fiction is beautiful illustrations. They help keep the child engaged. The illustrations by Carrie Salazar are very nice and add to the simple tale. There aren’t any twists or turns to this story, but that’s quite okay with me. I could relate to what Lyle felt when he decided to run away from home, and in a way, I could also relate the story to a well-known and beloved fable. Unlike the fairy tale, this story thankfully seems like it has a happy ending. I loved the character sketch that the child would be able to understand, and also the fun character of the mother. And it’s a book with a moral that I felt would help young children.
I would peruse the story again, just because it brought a smile and made me nostalgic. In all honesty, the book could be a one-time read, mainly due to its length. I do wish the book was longer, with multiple stories from Lyle’s life. I think that that would have made the book more interesting as well.
|Title: A New Leaf for Lyle|
|Author(s): Holly Jahangiri||Genre: Children’s Fiction|
|ISBN/ASIN: B00K1TW6DY||Publisher: CreateSpace|
(© Vinay Leo R. @ A Bookworm’s Musing
30th July 2017)