Emoji Adventures, Vol. 1: The Horse Party

Children - Grade 4th-6th
108 Pages
Reviewed on 05/15/2016
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Author Biography

P. T. Evans loves Minecraft, pizza, emojis, cats, and fart jokes. When he’s not writing or doing author visits, he is training alligators and sumo wrestling.

He loves writing funny stories for children, especially reluctant readers, using characters from pop culture like emojis, Angry Birds, and Minecraft.

Follow his adventures on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Have you ever wondered where those Emojis came from? You know those cute little happy faces and other expressive faces that are frequently posted on text messages to make a point? Well, actually, they come from Emojiville, a little town where all the Emojis interact with each other, live in families, go to work, go to school, play – all of the things that humans do around the world. How did they end up on text messages? Well, that was a creative incentive of Annie’s Dad. And now all of Emojiville benefits from the money made from Emoji images.

But PT Evans’ story, Emoji Adventures, Vol. 1: The Horse Party, is about much more than just the Emoji images. It’s a story about a young Emoji girl, Annie, and her twin brother, Kevin. Annie is not the most popular Emoji child in Emojiville, but she does have two really great friends, Dot (Dorothy) and Billy. They do everything together, but their plan to visit the fair is upset when Tiffany, the popular Emoji in their class, hands out invitations to her horse themed birthday party. Annie is horse crazy and determined to be included. She tries everything, but with a nasty twin brother sabotaging everything she does, it’s a hard task to convince the ever popular Tiffany to include Annie. In the end, Annie does get her invite, but her friends don’t. The party is a bust. Was it really worth it to risk losing two great friends for a ten-minute ride on a pony?

In the end, Annie learns a very important lesson from her friends: “The freedom that comes from not caring about being popular is BETTER than being popular.” It is a powerful lesson for all of us to learn and perhaps more than once. This is an exceptional story complete with cute Emoji pictures. A real treasure.

Jack Magnus

Emoji Adventures, Vol. 1: The Horse Party is a humorous story for children, grades 4-6, written by P.T. Evans and illustrated by Jake Tashjian. Annie, her family and friends live in Emojiville, which has gotten very popular since Annie's father came up with the brilliant idea of licensing the images of the city's residents. Annie, as the Emoji smiley face, is expected to be upbeat and cheerful all the time, but even she finds that a bit hard at times. When the popular girl in school, Tiffany, doesn't invite Annie or her two best friends, Billy and Dot, to her horse-themed birthday party, Annie is determined to get an invitation one way or the other. The three friends come up with some cool ideas to make themselves more popular, but Billy and Dot are really only doing it for Annie. They decide to hand out free cookies in class, but Kevin, Annie's twin brother who just happens to be a little devil, causes their plan to backfire. While Dot and Billy try their best to cheer Annie up, she really wants to get to ride a horse at that party.

P.T. Evans' humorous children's story, Emoji Adventures, Vol. 1: The Horse Party, is clever and original. I couldn't help but chuckle when I saw Billy's Emoji and wondered a bit at first if I would be able to get involved in this oddly delightful fantasy tale about the inhabitants of Emojiville. Jake Tashjian's illustrations work so well with Evans' tale to make that magic happen. After a while, I stopped seeing the Emojis and began seeing characters with stories and lives. Evans' plot also covers some issues human kids have to deal with just as much as the inhabitants of Emojiville, such as wanting to be popular, getting teased by siblings, and being loyal to your friends, and the author does so in a fun and upbeat story that works on many levels. The Horse Party is also well-written, with vocabulary that may challenge but not intimidate younger readers, and a storyline that will definitely keep their interest. Emoji Adventures, Vol. 1: The Horse Party is most highly recommended.

Mamta Madhavan

Emoji Adventures, Vol. 1: The Horse Party by PT Evans is an entertaining story that revolves around Annie Emoji and her brother, Kevin, who along with their friends, Billy and Dot, find their way in the land of Emojis. Annie is always smiling and pretty optimistic all the time. Her best friend, Dot, is the smartest person Annie knows. Billy, Annie, and Dot are great friends and they do everything together. Her twin brother, Kevin, is devilish and remarkable with robotics, The adventures in Emojiville are filled with fun, wit, and humor and will keep children engaged.

It's a fun read with fun characters. This volume is about being popular and how Annie is really looking forward to being invited to Tiffany's birthday party. The illustrations are funny and cute and the book is unique and very different from what children usually read. Parents and grandparents can use it as a good bedtime storybook. Kids will love seeing their favorite characters as Emojis. The universal theme of the book is perfect for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries.

The story also has a subtle message to young readers: how to be yourself while being what other people expect you to be. It's a good, entertaining storybook for kids and they will be able to connect with the Emoji characters. This story will make them wait eagerly in anticipation for the next volume.

Charity Tober

Emoji Adventures, Volume 1: The Horse Party by PT Evans is a humorous kids' book geared toward the upper elementary and tween crowds. The book heavily uses emojis (as you could guess from the book cover and title) to tell the story. Emojis have quickly gained popularity over the past decade, even with adults, and are used by many on a daily basis.

The story follows Annie Emoji, a generally happy go lucky girl, who is desperate to get invited to the birthday party of one of the most popular girls in school. In addition to the party madness, Annie also has to deal with her brother (a fitting devil emoji) and all of the other realistic school interactions that kids in this age group face. Evans seems to have a good grasp on the book's intended age group and the problems, concerns, and desires they experience.

The author does a nice job of fitting a wide variety of emojis into the plot without, for the most part, ever feeling forced or just for the sake of inclusion. I think kids will enjoy the plentiful emojis that adorn almost every page. This gives the book a big "unique factor" in my opinion, and anything that gets kids excited about reading is always a good thing! I see there are more books in this series and I look forward to checking out more stories. I would recommend Emoji Adventures, Volume 1: The Horse Party by PT Evans to all young fans of social media, funny faces, and humorous adventures!