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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Riley Does BIG Things!, written by Janet Lewis Daigle and illustrated by Rick W Knowles, is the kind of socially relevant book children and adults can enjoy time and time again. The amazing illustrations help tell Riley's story. He's a little boy with a big imagination and loves to use it. A mound of laundry becomes a mountain for him to climb. A stray cat becomes a lion that he can tame. This part of Riley is so realistic and cute. He is the master of his domain. But what does he do when there is a bully at school? He's used to doing chores at home or playing, not dealing with a bully. And it isn't just Riley that's being bullied, it's other kids too, and none of them like it. The question is, why does the bully act this way, and is there anything that Riley can do about it?
It's always a treat when a social message can be wrapped in a cute story with relatable characters, sweet artwork, and a story that can be enjoyed over and over. This is the kind of book author Daigle and illustrator Knowles have created. Riley's personality shines brightly from the first page, and children will relate to his playful personality. One of my favorite parts is where he tries to help a stranded whale, which is really a trout needing to get back in the water. The pictures really bring this story to life, and the lesson about the bully is one we can all take to heart. I would give Riley Does BIG Things! by Janet Lewis Daigle more stars if I could!