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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Let's meet five-year-old Michael in the story Michael and the Spots by Carl Witt. He was having fun in the bath where he went swimming with the sharks and rescued his baby duck from the evil washcloth monster. That day Michael saw some spots on his face. He wanted to ask his mother what they were. He thought they were insane robots and they were going to eat him. His mom laughed and told him they were freckles because he played in the sun all day. Michael did not think it was funny and he ran to his grandma to make sure the spots were not going to get him. His grandma also laughed and said the same thing; that they were freckles and they happened because Michael played in the sun all day long. Michael was not convinced of her reply. He ran to his dad. What does his dad tell him?
Michael and the Spots by Carl Witt is imaginative and fun and will take young readers on an entertaining trip with Michael. His fear over his spots is palpable. The illustrations are captivating and they bring out the whimsy in the story beautifully and make the book appealing to youngsters. It is a good storybook for parents and tutors to use for read-aloud and storytelling sessions at home and in classrooms to help children become imaginative and adventurous. The story is also about how childhood can be; fun and magical.