Score: 95/100 (9.5 out of 10)
ABC for Future CEOs by Chris Folayan may be one of the most impressive children's books we've ever had the honor and privilege to flip through!
That's no exaggeration or hyperbole.
From top to bottom, this book is so well thought out and beautiful. It is invaluable. You can't put a price tag on inspiring kids to be creative and productive.
First of all, the art is excellent. There's a very Little Golden Books/Pinocchio-esque aesthetic to the characters, the lines, and the colors. It's a bit hard to describe, but it's very pleasing, pleasant, and aesthetic. The characters are all distinct and cute in their own ways. Your kids will definitely enjoy looking through this book.
Another thing the author did well was in presenting language in a playful, fun, and interesting manner. Folayan actually made the effort to rhyme, something that is very underrated for a book for children. He also ensured that this language was presented concisely and in a digestible way. The limited attention spans of children is always an issue when considering crafting these books.
Next, the author made the book engaging. Every page ends with 2-3 questions or prompts for the readers to ponder and/or answer--food for thought, if you will.
Lastly, it cannot be stated enough how awesome and incredible the concept of this book is. This book highlights 26 positive attributes, attitudes, practices, and traits that children can and should aspire to in order to be successful and productive human beings. These include things like creativity, effort, goals, opportunity, research, and even profit. Believe it or not, even profit can be a good thing for children to learn about because by learning about profit, children can also learn the concept of risk .vs. reward. Children are notorious for their risk-taking behavior, especially inspired by social media apps like Tik Tok. Children are infamous for thinking of themselves as “invincible.” Well, by being able to weigh the risks .vs. rewards of certain actions and activities, children can make better decisions that can keep them safe, healthy, happy, and successful.
This book is almost perfect, but we caught a few errors that we brought to the attention of the author to fix in later versions:
Marketing is misspelled as “Martketing” on page 14
There should be a comma between “imagine” and “dream” on page 10
The title should probably be "ABCs for Future CEOs" (although this is ultimately minor)
Chris Folayan has walked the talk, starting multiple businesses including multi-million-dollar ones. He is an excellent example and role-model for kids to follow!