Invisible Children’s Book Instruction Manual by Nicholas Alan Tillemans
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (35 pages)
Age Recommendation: 6+
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe
In this concise, no-nonsense introduction to invisible children’s books, Nicholas Alan Tillemans walks the reader through all aspects of invisible book ownership, reading and care.
Some books tell the exact same story every time you open them. Others most definitely do not.
The creative premise caught my attention immediately. It was just as much fun to read as I thought it would be! What I liked the most about it was how easily it shifted between describing things that kids find humorous and tossing in a few jokes that were definitely intended for the adults who are reading this aloud. There were a few words that might be too difficult for young readers, but this is also something that I’d give to kids who are slightly older or who have strong vocabularies.
Figuring out the most appropriate age recommendation wasn’t easy. There is nothing here that is inappropriate for kids in early elementary school, but the writing style and types of humor that were used used seemed to be more geared towards adults and slightly older kids. I ended up choosing the younger age range in order to include as many readers as possible. Had the intended audience been more clear, I would have easily given this book a much higher rating.
One of the things I like the most about trying new authors is being surprised with what they’ve created. This was my first introduction to Mr. Tillemans work. His writing style is playful and conversational which is a good choice for the age range he seems to be targeting. It’s the sort of thing I’d feel just as comfortable sharing with my nieces and nephews as I would with their great-grandparents.
I’d recommend Invisible Children’s Book Instruction Manual to anyone who has ever grown even slightly weary of reading the same thing over and over again at bedtime.