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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
The Big Blue Slide by Michael Verrett is the colorful story of Rainey Estelle who is very conscious about the clothes she wears. She is adventurous and has fun. There is a Big Blue Slide in her school on which only children of a certain height can slide. But that does not dampen the spirits of Rainy Estelle. She keeps trying and finally she is clever enough to get past the Height Inspectors. She goes through the slide faster than a race car and a space ship. Though the two loops in the tunnel of the slide scare her, she manages to come out and go back to her classroom. This Rainey Estelle kind of day will excite young readers and make them try out new and adventurous things.
The illustrations in the book are as bright and colorful as Rainey Estelle's character. They complement the story beautifully, give pace and movement to the scenes, and breathe life into the characters. The excitement that Rainey experiences while sliding is palpable. The character of Rainey is well sketched. She is lively and exuberant and knows how to get what she wants. Rainey Estelle is mischievous and appealing. The story is charming and Rainey's perseverance and determination to get on the Big Blue Slide is something to be noticed and appreciated. It will make a good bedtime story book and can be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries. Children can learn a lot of new things and ideas in this very bright and colorful story for kids.