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Reviewed by Melissa Tanaka for Readers' Favorite
Race Against Time is a delightful children’s book written by Anne Shields and illustrated by Janell Colburn. The story focuses on a young balloon named Sherman, who is about to take his first flight and is to be released into the sky when the ball drops in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. As the clock strikes midnight, Sherman and his friends take to the air, only for him to crash down in the middle of nowhere all by himself. As the months pass, Sherman travels through forests, mountain ranges, and all over the night sky in order to make it back to Times Square in time for the ball drop. Does he make it back safe and sound? You’ll have to read the book to find out!
I read this book with one of my nieces and she completely fell in love! The art is colorful and eye catching, two things that are a must-have for a children’s book. Although at first she was mostly interested in looking at the pictures, once we finished reading the book for the first time she insisted that we go back again and reread it once more. The rhyming nature of the story allows younger readers to easily slip into the rhythm of storytelling, and older readers will enjoy reading familiar words or even learning a few new ones along the way. Race Against Time is both fun and engaging, and with New Year’s just around the corner, it’s the perfect book for any young child.