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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Too Much Junk in My Trunk! The Adventures of Zealy and Whubba, Book 4 Series 1 by Roe De Pinto is an adorable and delightful story in which Whubba and Zealy decide to explore beyond the “Big Rock Island”. Zealy is curious by nature and is game for learning about new things and discovering new adventures. She wants to go there and swim and Whubba takes her there on his back. The water in the Big Rock Island is bluer and it is deeper. They come across dozens of fish with different colors floating together. They come across coral, crabs, oysters, lobsters, and clams scattered all around. They are excited to see the variety of food available and the author gives an important message to young readers through the story; that of trying out new foods all the time because there are different nutrients in different foods and that is good for growing stronger every day.
I like the way the author weaves an important message through the story of Whubba and Zealy. The book also speaks about not overeating because ‘too much junk in my trunk, makes my belly feel like funk!’ The illustrations are colorful and will connect young readers not only with the characters of Whubba, Zealy, and the sharks, but also with the concept. It is a good tale for bedtime and can be used for classroom storytelling and read aloud sessions as the topic is relevant and relatable. It is always important to introduce children to good stories that have important messages and this book does just that.