Ozzy Ox: Toy Trauma

Children - Animals
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 10/30/2023
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Author Biography

allen Kropp is a North Dakota author whose family has raised bison (a cousin of the oxen family!) for decades. After a career in corporate communications, she pursued her lifelong dream of writing books. Adventures with her family, including her husband, children and grandchildren, provide unending inspiration for Callen's rhyming Ozzy Ox picture book series.

Callen enjoys photography and traveling--and loves when she can do it simultaneously! Her bucket list includes visiting all US National Parks, and she loves taking their grandchildren to destinations they choose. So far, none of them, however, has chosen the Land of Ox. They are happy to just read about it in Ozzy books!

    Book Review

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.

Nielle Marques

"Ozzy Ox: Toy Trauma" is a delightful children's picture book that imparts an important lesson in a straightforward and engaging manner. The story revolves around a relatable scenario – a messy room filled with toys and a curious young ox named Ozzy that falls over his toys and injures his head. Ozzy's accident sets the stage for an important lesson: the consequences of not keeping one's surroundings tidy. The diagnosis of "Toy-I-Tis" cleverly personifies the notion that neglecting one's toys can lead to accidents. Children will be captivated by the charming characters and colorful illustrations. The message of the book resonates with both children and parents, as it promotes responsibility and safety in a simple and engaging way. "Ozzy Ox: Toy Trauma" is a valuable addition to any library. I highly recommend this book.