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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Arise, My Amazing Boy is a work of fiction in the social issues, adventure, and educational reading subgenres, intended for independent readers ready for their first chapter books. It is penned by author Mateo Sommer with illustrations by artist Henrique C. Rampazzo. Young readers are invited to enjoy a delightful collection of stories that explores the challenges and adventures faced by modern boys. The author takes a unique approach by addressing the everyday problems and dreams of boys in a relatable and engaging manner. The book's introduction sets the stage for the stories, reminding readers that while times have changed, the essence of childhood problems remains. Each story in this collection delves into a different issue or desire that young boys may encounter. Whether it's the longing for uniqueness, the aspiration to become a superhero, the fear of failure, or the struggle with bullying, these tales provide insight and inspiration for young readers.
Author Mateo Sommer has crafted both an engaging chapter book of inspiring stories and a handy guide on modern boyhood that teaches whilst it entertains. What makes this book particularly charming is how it presents the different problems in a way that encourages young readers to think and problem-solve for themselves. The characters are relatable, and their journeys of self-discovery and growth are both entertaining and educational. I was also delighted with the illustrations provided by artist Henrique C. Rampazzo, which help to maintain the light-hearted tone of the work but also convey some of the emotional and expressive elements in a visual form that some young readers may understand more deeply as a result. Overall, Arise, My Amazing Boy is an excellent resource for parents, teachers, and, most importantly, young readers. It offers valuable life lessons and a reminder that every child's problems are worth addressing and that, with creativity and resilience, they can be solved.