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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Have you ever wondered where those Emojis came from? You know those cute little happy faces and other expressive faces that are frequently posted on text messages to make a point? Well, actually, they come from Emojiville, a little town where all the Emojis interact with each other, live in families, go to work, go to school, play – all of the things that humans do around the world. How did they end up on text messages? Well, that was a creative incentive of Annie’s Dad. And now all of Emojiville benefits from the money made from Emoji images.
But PT Evans’ story, Emoji Adventures, Vol. 1: The Horse Party, is about much more than just the Emoji images. It’s a story about a young Emoji girl, Annie, and her twin brother, Kevin. Annie is not the most popular Emoji child in Emojiville, but she does have two really great friends, Dot (Dorothy) and Billy. They do everything together, but their plan to visit the fair is upset when Tiffany, the popular Emoji in their class, hands out invitations to her horse themed birthday party. Annie is horse crazy and determined to be included. She tries everything, but with a nasty twin brother sabotaging everything she does, it’s a hard task to convince the ever popular Tiffany to include Annie. In the end, Annie does get her invite, but her friends don’t. The party is a bust. Was it really worth it to risk losing two great friends for a ten-minute ride on a pony?
In the end, Annie learns a very important lesson from her friends: “The freedom that comes from not caring about being popular is BETTER than being popular.” It is a powerful lesson for all of us to learn and perhaps more than once. This is an exceptional story complete with cute Emoji pictures. A real treasure.