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Kids Fiction 184
simple and colorful picture book
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
RAD! is a simple but colorful book about trying new things. The book follows five cats, Esther, Chester, Lester, Hester, and Sylvester. Each page features one word spoken by each that adds up to a brief story. Lester is afraid to skateboard with the others. After trying to convince him fails, they go to skateboard. Lester watches them and changes his mind. Even though he wipes out, he continues skateboarding until he too declares "Rad!"

What I loved: The text is rhythmic which can be fun, as it features a single word followed by says and one of the cat's names. There are bright colors on every page and definitely 90s vibes throughout. The simplicity will appeal to some readers, though the vernacular is a bit old, such as gnarly and righteous. I also appreciated that all the cats are wearing helmets.

What left me wanting more: The text will be too simple for some readers and the story happens behind the words, which may need to be explained to some children.

Final verdict: Bright colors make this a cute read for young readers who appreciate repetition and books with little text.
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