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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Meet Sergio the Shark in the story Sergio the Shark Can't Draw by Moose and Koala. Sergio cannot draw compared to all the other sharks who are excellent drawers. Sergio tries to draw like everyone else but his drawing does not come out the way it should. He knows it is terrible and the more he tries the worse he gets. Sergio knows he cannot compete with the rest of the sharks because they are so good at drawing. He thinks it is better to become a whale because none of them know how to draw. Sergio is now Wergio because he is a whale. What happens when he tells his father that he has become Wergio because he cannot draw like the other sharks?
The story is encouraging and will motivate young readers to believe in themselves and overcome failures in a healthy way. Sergio's father's advice to him is uplifting and gives confidence to young readers who haven't been able to accept themselves for who they are and what they have. Summer Stokes makes the concept tangible to readers with her lively illustrations. Sergio has been portrayed well by the authors, giving him individuality and a personality of his own that is real, relatable, and memorable. It is a good story for parents and tutors to use for read-aloud and storytelling sessions at home and in school to inspire children to overcome their challenges and believe in themselves. Books like this are always good for children to get rid of their insecurities and accept who they are and what they can do.