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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Ozzy Ox: Toy Trauma is a children's picture book written by Callen Kropp and illustrated by Emily Hagen. One day Mom Ox hears a horrible thud and rushes to the bedroom of her son, Ozzy Ox. Ozzy Ox had fallen over his toys and a very large lump was starting to form on his head, so his mother took him to the hospital. Nurse Nate and Doc Ox tended to Ozzy Ox while his mother waited frantically for an update. Finally, she hears of Ozzy Ox's diagnosis - Toy-I-Tis - when a youngster neglects their toys. Mom Ox takes her son home with medication for his head bump, and Ozzy Ox notices that his skateboard is on its side - the same skateboard that had caused his slip and fall. Ozzy Ox cleaned up his room after learning a painful lesson about keeping his things tidy in his room. Doing so means that you will be safe from such horrible and painful falling incidents in the future.
This is one of the most direct and to-the-point tales I have read in a long while. Quite often people tend to over-explain things, but Callen Kropp has kept the story and the message simple, making it very easy for all readers to learn and understand how to avoid such accidents - keep the room tidy. Emily Hagen's illustrations brought Ozzy Ox: Toy Trauma to life beautifully and ensured that each and every reader would become immediately engaged with the characters. I liked that the sequence of events from the noise caused at the beginning to the cleaning-up message at the end gave this tale a very realistic feel. Ozzy Ox: Toy Trauma is a children's book that should be kept in every home library for young readers so that they learn how messiness, no matter where you are, is an accident waiting to happen. I look forward to reading more of Ozzy Ox's stories in the future.