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Reviewed by Charity Tober for Readers' Favorite
Billi the Maker, written by April Hilland and illustrated by Maia Batumashvili, is an entertaining and colorful children's picture book. The story follows a bright young girl named Billi and revolves around one of her creations - a quirky little robot to clean up at the library. Billi loves to invent things, especially at the library in the special maker section. When the librarian is off sick and the maker section is in a total mess, it's up to Billi to invent something to clean up the space. Even though Billi's first invention doesn't go quite as planned, she is determined not to give up until she succeeds.
I thought Billi the Maker by April Hilland was an amusing book and the illustrations by Maia Batumashvili brought the story to life. I'm a sucker for cute little robots and the one Billi invented in this story was completely adorable. The story flowed well, the rhyming was competent, and I liked how Billi didn't let the failure of her first invention stop her from trying again. Perseverance is so important and kids need to be taught from a young age that it's okay if they don't get everything right the first time, but one failed attempt should not cause them to give up. Try, try, and try again is the way to go. Reading about Billi and how she keeps inventing could be a good way for parents to open up a conversation about this.