Score: 94/100 (9.4 out of 10)- Children's Illustrated Books
When it comes to finding a cute, simple, rereadable book for young children, it doesn't get much better than “The Adventures of Kodie and Bella” by Sylvie Bordzuk! It's borderline perfect in those regards. Your kids will be wanting to read this with you over and over again!
It is no understatement that this book and its characters are absolutely adorable! The illustrations by Alex Crump are great for the purposes of this book. The same can be said about the writing.
Just flipping through the pages is enough to put smiles on faces. It makes your heart laugh and sing to see the happy, smiling faces of the anthropomorphic animal characters. We're happy when they're happy, sad when they're sad, and curious when they're curious. We're emotionally invested in them the same way we'd be emotionally invested in our own pets.
Kodie and Bella have tremendous chemistry. In the parts that the characters are not together, we're just on our feet cheering for them to reunite, and we're sure kids will be too!
There are also no shortage of great characters and moments when parents and teachers will be able to prompt questions like “What kinda animal is this?” or “What is he thinking about?” or “What did they find?”
The author must really understand children and children's books. One of our judges has taught for 14 years including seven years as a preschool teacher. He says that the way that the sentences are structured and how simple the rhyme schemes are make for ideal reading for ages 2-7. Children don't want to be hit with a huge block of text. They want to see the beautiful pictures and pick up on the patterns in the language. That's why songs and nursery rhymes work so great with that age.
Apparently, Kodie and Bella are based on the author's own cat and a squirrel in the neighborhood. You know what they say: the best things are based on reality. This definitely comes across as inspired. This book is fun, imaginative, and utterly adorable! We highly recommend it for parents and teachers of children ages 2-7!
We just can't wait to hear more about the continued adventures of these two cute characters!
You can get it on Amazon today for less than $13!
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