On Your Marks, Get Set, Go!: Ladi, Liz & Cam -- Julia Lassa -- Submitted for consideration on August 2nd, 2016
The author resides in: UK
REVIEWED on August 3rd, 2016.
On Your Marks, Get Set, Go! was a delight to read. Our reviewer was supposed to just look at it and say whether it was suitable for a review. What can you do, though, if it's a children's picture book requiring very little brain power and delivering smiles? We decided to plunge in with an immediate review; to do anything other would have seemed rather odd.
The book's magic lies in its combination of a simple, motivating, child-friendly story and the bright and cheerful visuals oozing colour and vibrancy on every page. Beautifully illustrated, the story relates how three friends, Ladi, Liz and Cam break the monotony of a summer's day by competing to win races. For a younger child, this story shows how everyone will prove to be good at something if they only try, and how competition is a fun and healthy thing for everyone.
We especially loved the facial expressions on Ladi and Cam; they are both too cute and our reviewer wanted to take them home. Images remain very strong throughout.
Dialogue is fun, lively and real, with no confusing words or phrases for the intended readership.
We can only think of two areas for possible improvement. The first is that at the start of the tale we did not know who was who; which character was Ladi and which was Cam? It would have been nice to just have a short introductory sentence, avoiding being drawn out of the story by trying to work it out. Of course, it soon became clear! Anyway, it doesn't much matter in the end; they are three friends having a good time together, as friends should.
A second area that could just liven up this story a little, would be to introduce a conundrum or event, such as falling out of the tree (but not being hurt, naturally), being late home for supper as a result of getting caught up in races, or losing a shoe. Just some sort of intricacy. It could also have had a twist, possibly a character getting into trouble and everyone leaving the race in order to help, which could convey how competition is good until someone really stands to lose, then everyone rallies round to help. We were expecting something else to happen, but there was not a sense of let-down when it didn't, only surprise.
We enjoyed this simple story just as it is; we can envisage how this would make a lovely hard-cover book a young child would cherish.
Visual appeal: 5/5
Editing and proofreading: 5/5
Final Score : 18/20