Sunday, July 28, 2013

Next Up, Bob Goes to Mars

The Sun Zebra by Rolando Garcia

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a review. 

Summary: The Sun Zebra, is best described as a children's book for grownups. Its aim is to encourage us to discover (or rediscover) the amazing things that children and their magical carefree world can teach us, even as we try to teach them about the harsh realities of our own. The book is a collection of five stories that follow the "adventures in living" of an unusual little girl named Nell, her mother Rhonda, and Nell's father who is the narrator of the stories.

Review: A sweet collection of stories about a man and his daughter and the childlike wonder we lose as adults.

I enjoyed these stories. They were very sweet and showed the natural wonder and innocence of a child. Too often, we lose this innocence and natural wonder of a child, some sooner rather than later. I personally am rather cynical about childhood innocence, but after reading this book, I can certainly see the importance of preserving that innocence as long as possible even though one cannot survive with too much innocence in today’s world. Not all children are alike and Nell seems like a very special child and certainly a great one to write stories about.

My favorite story was Bob the Intrepid Insectnaut. I love insects and was privileged to see, as a child, a cicada coming out of its shell. Cicadas are fascinating creatures. Due to my childhood, I can be rather childlike at times and I found myself wishing that Bob would fly to the stars and see beautiful sights. I was extremely glad that Bob landed in the backyard of a retired entomologist who was able to help him. The other stories were delightful, but not as delightful as Bob. I think this book would resonate strongly with adults who have children.


Recommendation: I would recommend this book to those that those are parents or who are involved with children on a daily basis or anyone who misses what was lost in adulthood.

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