Cave Kiddos: A Sunny Day by Eric Jay Cash

I received this book {unexpectedly} from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

Cave Kiddos is a fun book about four Paleolithic children who share the experience of developing and learning important words and concepts. Join Alk, Haha, Lala, and Zee as they discover the world around them.

My Review:

Before reading this review, I would like to remind you/inform you of my children’s book reviewing policy which can be read verbatim HERE; or in jist, I review children’s books based on their usefulness to the children.

Cave Kiddos: A Sunny Day has decent pictures and a good amount of potential, however, I fail to see how it meets that potential. I see the heart of the book and what the author might have intended to do with it by having these “cave kiddos” discover things and learn how to speak; which is very nice. However, it could have been accomplished in a more literate way that does not appear to “dumb down” today’s children literature. I am not saying that the author should have used a ton of big words, unintelligible to the child, I am simply implying that he could have at least used some words; instead, it is filled with noises, that as I read made me think that I was one of the adults from Charlie Brown.

Yes, this book is for children (not adults), and it is intended to encourage learning, exploring, and discovering; all very noble things to support, however I’m afraid that the only children this book could teach these lessons too can see how unproductive this book is. Infants may be entertained by the pictures and the funny noises made by the person reading to him/her; however my 3 year old brother looked at me as if I had lost my mind and asked what was wrong with the book.

I mean no disrespect to the author in any way and I am trying to write the review as nice as possible, as I can see what he was trying to accomplish and I understand his heart for teaching and entertaining children. But I have standards for children literature and I’m afraid that Cave Kiddos: A Sunny Day falls short of meeting those standards. Therefore I can only give Cave Kiddos: A Sunny Day 2 out of 5 stars.

Rated: * *

Series: I am uncertain; I would think there is one based on title but I can’t find any info on it.