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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Hamilton Troll and the Big Race by Kathleen J. Shields is an adorable story for children that revolves around Hamilton, the troll. In this book, Starlit challenges Hamilton to a race. Hamilton is sure he will win and Starlit is sure she will defeat Hamilton in the race. The race is important to Starlit as she wants to prove to Hamilton that all the stories and adventures she has told him are true. They are neck to neck in the race and Hamilton is sure he is going to win. Things don’t go the way he expected and Hamilton is angry and upset. Pink Light Sprite comes to him and gives him some important lessons that change the way he thinks about his loss.
The story conveys important life lessons to young readers which are useful and helpful in their day-to-day lives. The illustrations are bright and colorful and they breathe life into the characters and the scenes, making them vivid. The two main characters, Hamilton and Starlit, are real and relatable and readers can connect well with their emotions. It’s an excellent bedtime storybook and can be used for interactive sessions in classrooms and school libraries. Reading this book also enhances the vocabulary of young readers as it teaches them new words.
Books like this are always good for children as they understand the concept, message, and thought with clarity when these are expressed via a story and illustrations. I would recommend having this book in one’s personal collection as the story can be read again and again.