Monday 8 January 2018

BOOK REVIEW: The Quest for Screen Time (Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest Episode 1) by Marti Dumas

The Quest for Screen Time
(Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest Episode 1)
Author: Marti Dumas
Genre: Children's Book / Picture Book
Publication Date: June 26th, 2015

Book Description:
Giant Afro. Even Bigger Brain.

Jaden Toussaint, 5 year-old scientist and all around cool dude, is on a mission to convince the grown-ups that he needs more SCREEN TIME. His only weapons are science, ninja dancing, and his super-powered brain power. Can Jaden Toussaint get the grown-ups to change their minds?

Fans of Junie B. Jones, the Magic Tree House, Dan Gutman, and Franny K. Stein will love the Jaden Toussaint series of illustrated chapter books. They are hilarious and empowering for kids and grown-ups alike. Get your copy today.

Book Contains:
Science? Check.
Jokes? Check.
Great hair? Check.
Seriously awesome illustrations? Check.

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Jaden "JT" Toussaint prides himself on being one of the smartest people alive, and as such, he happens to know everything - "well, almost everything". It's refreshing to see such an enlightened young mind, even though, at times, his high level of intelligence did not render wholly plausible. Nonetheless, witnessing his mind at work was an enjoyable experience.

Jaden wants what most kids his age want: more screen time. The problem: his parents won't heed to his desire, thus, he concocts various plans to go about achieving his goal, his mantra for motivation being to "try and try until you succeed". While Jaden is clearly advanced for his age, he is not only a likeable character but also a relatable one. There are a lot of lessons to be learned in this book, topics to be discussed, activities to undertake. This story encourages independent thinking, which, I find, is lacking in many children's books.

While I did love the illustrations, I would have preferred it if they were in colour as opposed to black and white. It just didn't seem fitting for the concept. It was a beautiful book that will appeal to all cultures / families.


Award: Gold
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Source: Own copy

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