Today I kick off the first book tour of my company DIGITAL READS BLOG TOURS. It is so wonderful to start this tour with the most gracious author and a genuinely warm human being. He is kind, he is magnanimous, he is so very understanding. He is all heart. I present to you Author Robbie Yates and his book Daniel Daniels and the World’s Worst Zoo!!
This is one of the cutest children’s books I have read in the last few years. Robbie Yates has done a fabulous job in weaving an underlying theme of goodness in this book. A moral core when explained in simple terms is always well understood and applied. And who better than our children!!
Daniel Daniels, the protagonist is characterized well as a child who is bullied in school, who has learnt the tricks to escape such bullies (most of the times) and sometimes tolerate them but still has this intense love for animals. The worst zoo has the most patient animals ill treated by the owner. Life continues as routine, till clumsy hands cause an accident, and Daniel gets strange powers. What he does next and how he saves the animals is all to be read in the book.
Robbie Yates is both a writer and a poet, and he has incorporated these cute poems sung by the animals. The world Robbie has visualized in his mind comes through colorfully in his words. The protagonist, the animals, and the zoo owner are all distinctive and they uplift the book in wonderful ways. I especially liked the characterization of the ill treating zoo owner
What entranced me in the book is Shiba the elephant, wisest of all. I loved her (I must confess I love elephants). What I didn’t like was Daniel Daniels’ first transformation; that could have been better.
On the whole, a great book for the kids. Recommended for ages 8 to 12. A simplified version and lots of art work, this would make a great picture book for younger kids. This book would also make a great audiobook with different voices and songs which would entertain the kids.
My rating : 4 stars
About the Author
Robbie Yates is an author based in the vibrant city of Melbourne, Australia. He enjoys the crunch of autumn leaves, and eating tasty snacks from his childhood.
In his free time, Robbie likes to read the stories of Roald Dahl, Paul Jennings and J.K. Rowling. Robbie also likes to go geocaching, play board games, and have water-balloon fights.
Author Contact Details
Website for this book: http://robbieyates.com/daniel-daniels-and-the-worlds-worst-zoo/
Amazon Author page
Daniel Daniels spends most of his time doing one of two things:
1. Avoiding the school bully, or
2. Hanging out with his animal friends.
Unfortunately, Daniel’s animal friends all live at The World’s Worst Zoo, run by the cruel and crabby Mr Gregory.
One day, an unfortunate incident with some ointment at the zoo leaves Daniel with a few special tricks up his sleeve—tricks that he can use to save the animals, and teach Mr Gregory a lesson.
Curious, witty and sweet, this adventurous chapter book will charm and thrill the young and the young-at-heart!
Publication date : 21st June 2018
Language : English
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