Sunday, October 3, 2021

Two Short Stories #27

Today I will be highlighting two short stories.
One of them is a short sci-fi coming of age story, and the other one is a picture book about viruses.

Let's dive right in.

Author: Josh Dygert
Pages: 81

This might be one of the best short stories I've ever read. The writing style, the story, the characters; brilliant!

The writing style was easy to read and made it possible for me to read the book pretty fast. The story had some flashbacks, conversations and overall it was jus really well balanced. I would definitely read a longer book like this!

I loved that this book took place over a longer amount of time. It really fits the coming-of age type of story, but also has some suspense and a bit of mystery.

The ending was GREAT. I did not see it coming, but I loved how that was done. I kept wondering: "How is this book going to end...?" And I would not have predicted this if you'd asked me!

I highly recommend this book if you have an hour or two to read this!

Title: Wheels: What is a Virus?
Author: Melannie Baum
Pages: 34

What I noticed right away about this boo is the font. I love this font, it's bold, it's not too busy and it's easy to read.

I also noticed the illustrations and I'm not sure how I feel about those. It's kind of blurry and has a lot of dark colors. I'm also not sure about the picture of the virus particles, it looked a bit scary maybe, for smaller children?

The story overall was educational, but it didn't point out anything new that youngsters haven't heard. There is a huge chance in a picture book like this to talk more about the feelings of children, of not understanding, of being scared.

When I got to the end of the book, there was a lovely surprise. There are some pages where children can be actively involved in this book. I've not seen that before in a picture book; very unique!

Both books were fun to read and definitely worth the time.
Did you read any good short stories lately?

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