I received a copy of this book from the publisher through the Early Reviewer giveaway on LibraryThing.com and the following is my honest opinion.
As I read this book I couldn’t help but sense how the spacing of this author’s writing resembles all the wonderful books by Dr. Seuss I read growing up as a child of the 1950’s. The illustrations, which have also been done by the author, echo those by Seuss as well; which leads me to suspect it had been this well-known author/illustrator who has influenced Mr. Lightburn in writing this captivating book whose underlining theme of recycling and waste disposal manifests itself in the imagination of a little boy.
Although there’s no mention of what had precipitated the boy’s somewhat nightmarish dream on this particular night, but I think the cause of it can be explained by the surprised looks of his parents at the end of the book. The lack of the boy’s name adds to the strength of the story as it is being directed at the child who’s reading the story by the use of the word “YOU.” Boys at the age for the target audience of the book tend to ignore their parents plea to clean up their room, and this book is attempting, in addition to its message, to change their ways.
While this book seems to be directed at the boys, girls would also benefit from the book’s message by telling them what might happen if they start to act like the boys with their messy ways.
This doesn’t change my opinion of the book, but I feel a handful of pages would have been an easier read if the color selected for the font were lighter in color.
The other side of the book’s cover has a wonderful illustration for the book itself which can be used as poster.
For the delightful reading experience, I’m delighted to give this book 5 STARS.