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Reviewed by Jon Michael Miller for Readers' Favorite
Trez, Frez and Inez, written and illustrated by Deb Neeley-Garcia with the help of her grandkids, is a fabulous book for preschool kids and looks to be one of a series, this one titled The Workshop. Author Neeley-Garcia calls it “a story of fun, friendship and faith.” The first thing that catches your attention is the simplicity of the childlike drawings. Though beautifully clear, they look as if they were drawn by a little kid with crayons, even the page borders. The story is about two kids and an angel. The one boy, Trez, loves to make toys, such as cars and trucks. Frez is another boy who really loves trains. So the angel Inez comes to Trez and asks him to make a toy train for Frez. And Trez gets busy with hammer, nails, and saw and makes Frez a wonderful train. What a delight this story and the artwork are!
But Trez, Frez and Inez is not as simple as it looks. For one thing, the words are printed on one page and the pictures on the next, which will make the child reader connect the object with the word. Also, Deb Neeley-Garcia uses rhyme and off-rhyme, making the words more fun and memorable. And most important, the pictures are drawn like a child’s with crayons, making the experience much more relatable to a little kid than the sophisticated artwork found in most publications for children. When I finished this little book, I immediately wanted to take it to my great-grandkids. Trez, Frez and Inez by Deb Neeley-Garcia (with the help of her grandkids) is a wonderful reading treat for preschoolers, and, hey, it was also an absolute delight for this reviewer!