Monday, September 6, 2010
The Boy Who Changed The World by Andy Andrews
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are purely my own.
Have you ever wonder whether anything you do make a changes to the world? Well, this children book The Boy who Changed the World tells you that it does. This is a children book so don't expect details but reading it really make me realise that every decision I made is actually important as it does not only affect me but everyone in fact.
This short story tells you of what one people decision could led to another people decision in life and in the end save billions of hungry people. The story begins with how young Norman decision to indulge in his interest of plants and leads to Henry who learns a lot about plants that he grows up to become vice president of USA who later hire Norman (yup the Norman who I mentioned earlier) to develop seeds that grows into plant to fed billions hungry people. However, it was George who teaches Henry his interest in plants who in turn who nurture by his dad, Moses.
I like the storyline of this book. Before reading it, I never realised that all the people are connected. But they are. It's like revealing a mystery. A mystery of how 1 person is connected with another and so on. It make me realised that if Norman did not study plant, Henry would never hired him and there would be no invention of seeds for good plants to fed people. One small decision had decide the world fate. How important are our decision? Haha..
Anyway, eventhough I agree that this is a good story with a good morale behind it, I wouldn't exactly suggest it to children under 8 or those without a good understanding of English. The language used here isn't bombastic but the storyline is a bit confusing. For example, it is like telling a child that the most important alphabet is 'A' and then change your mind and telling him is 'B'. Before going off, you turn your head and tell him, no.. the most important alphabet is 'C'.. and the next day telling him it is 'D'. That's how the story goes on. If I am a child I wouldn't be able to link them together as it is not following the time sequence.
Oh, and I love the illustrating done by Philip Hurst. The colours are attractive and I am sure children would love them. But if you expect pretty faces or cute faces you would be disappointed as the faces there doesn't look cute nor pretty. Haha..
Pretty recommended for children aged between 8-10years as the morale is very strong behind it. However, I would recommend parents to read with your child to explain to them as well as letting them understand the whole story. Besides enhancing your child vocabulary you would also be enhancing your imagination and bonds with your child. Haha..
I would rate this book 3 starts out of 5.