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Sunday 23 July 2017

Review: Eric Finds a Way

Eric loves books and the magical worlds he reads about, but he wishes he could find a way to hang out in these wonderful worlds.

He tries to draw his own pictures. He tries to write his own stories.

But they never quite work out the way he wants them to. 

So Eric finds his own way to live in his fantasy worlds. And his idea is kind of genius.

Eric Finds a Way shows kids (and adults) that there are many paths to success, and things don’t always turn out as expected, and that's okay.

It demonstrates that thinking outside the square can sometimes deliver the best results, and a solution can always be found if you just keep trying.

This is a great story for classrooms or parents wanting to discuss resilience and creativity. Kids often feel pressure to be the best and the brightest and just like their friends, but this story sends a strong message that there’s nothing wrong with being different and finding your own way to do things. 

Eric is a fantastic character: brave, bold and curious. But he’s equally vulnerable and a little unsure, and this balance of strength and weakness makes him very real and relatable to kids. 

The illustrations are bold and funky and engaging. And I loved the addition of Eric’s pet dog throughout the book, helping out and providing encouragement as Eric finds his way.

Recommended for kids five and up, this is a picture book to inspire creativity and teach kids to never give up.

Title: Eric Finds a Way
Author: Robert Vescio
Illustrator: Ann-Marie Finn
Publisher: Wombat Books, $24.99
Publication Date: July 2017
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9781925563030
For ages: 5+
Type: Picture Book