If you have been following my book reviews, you would know I am all for reading titles aimed primarily at kids, as long as they are geeky and have a lesson to teach us. Mario and the Aliens by Carolina Zanotti (author) and Thai My Phuong (illustrator) is an enjoyable short read about the importance of taking breaks from electronic screens around us.
I was provided a free digital copy of Mario and the Aliens for review. The opinions are my own.
I think it is safe to say many of us have read about the adverse effects of spending too much time on our smartphones and other digital devices. Furthermore, certain studies have shown young children being at risk of experiencing isolation, depression, and cyber-bullying if their time online isn’t monitored.
As someone who has a lot of kids around him, I do my part in making sure the children in my family don’t spend too much time looking at electronic screens. One way I’m able to accomplish this is by encouraging them to read certain books. Seeing them flip the pages of DC Comics-inspired titles from Downtown Bookworks is always a treat.
Mario and the Aliens ended up being another book they enjoyed. It is a picture book that tells the story of a kid named Mario who makes friends with space aliens who want to learn about all the cool things children on earth do to play. Mario introduces them to riding a bicycle, soccer, and more. One of the games Mario plays involves his little sister’s dolls and a beauty kit. I think it was a good way to tell kids it is okay for boys to play with dolls and beauty kits if they want to.
The illustrations by Thai My Phuong are colorful and very appealing. The aliens have a unique design so you can easily tell them apart.
The writing by Carolina Zanotti is easy to read. The narrative keeps a quick pace and tells a wholesome story, which is impressive considering how short this book is.
Mario and the Aliens is currently available for purchase.
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Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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