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October 20, 2018

Timothy Top Book One: The Green Pig by Gud ~ a #KidLit Review

by MK French

Timothy has a hard time dealing with parents that constantly fight and other children at school are hard to relate to. He enjoys nature and superheroes, which most of his classmates don't. On top of that, a developer is planning to renovate the park and replace it with a concrete monstrosity. He doesn't know how to save th park, but soon discovers that he was given powers that allow him to heal and grow plant life. Now he just has to figure out how to use them.
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Timothy Top The Greeb Pig
October 2018; Lion Forge; 978-1942367871
print (144 pages); children's, fantasy
Timothy is a third grader that fears speaking up in front of the class, and it doesn't help that his teacher makes a point of having him be an example in front of the class. He retreats into his fantasy superhero world, which most children would appreciate and understand. It's difficult to handle feelings of helplessness, but in his daydreams, he can be a hero with a sidekick to help right the wrongs that seem too big in real life.

The art is approachable, and the limited color palette means that certain things really pop visually. It shows before the characters even speak how important things are to them, and the random symbols of the arguments show how the topic is entirely over Timothy's head. My daughter read this book and loved it; her favorite part was the climactic ending that neither of us want to spoil for the next reader. Overall, this really highlights that sometimes it's the small gestures that matter, and it's worthwhile to keep fighting, even when it feels hopeless. Maybe it doesn't always work out, but it's always worth the effort.

Buy Timothy Top Book One: The Green Pig at Amazon

Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and golden retriever.

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