Book Review: Toro by Andrew Avner.

I love finding books for the kids at school and I also love reading Children's books to learn and be inspired when writing my own. When Melissa from Black Rose Writing got in touch about Andrew Avner's new book 'Toro,' I couldn't resist the following your dreams message and not letting anyone stop you from doing what it is you want to do!

The Blurb.

A story that evokes beloved films such as 'Babe' and 'Ratatouille'

Alicía Catalina Cortés is a fast and fiery Spanish cow who desperately wants to run with the bulls in Pamplona-but since she's a cow, tradition forbids her to partake in the fiesta of San Fermín. Through her journey, Alicía learns that to be noble and brave, she must follow her dream and her heart, even if it means defying tradition.

Toro is set in the colorful backdrop of Pamplona, Spain during the fiesta of San Fermín and the running of the bulls, famed as one of the most exhilarating, dangerous, and spectacular events around the world.

My Review.

'Toro' was a really interesting read for me. I loved reading the Spanish words and learning more about the culture as well as the fiesta of San Fermin and the running of the bulls. The descriptions definitely made me google pictures and look into it more. I felt the writing was easy for kids to read and understand and could see the kids at my school following the story well and taking in some of the culture and new words. 

Alicia was a main character that I think children can definitely relate to, as well as a character that I think children need to read these days; someone who will encourage them not to give up on their dreams and go for what they want, without letting mean words or comments from others stop them. With the social media world we live in nowadays, I feel kids can be discouraged quite quickly if they see so many things or hear so many things on a day to day basis that make them feel inadequate. I think we need books like this one and positivity being blasted online more, because if they are going to be on it, at least let them read, hear and see the good out there. The messages of 'you can do it,' and 'never give up!' are so important. 

'Toro' is a story with colour, friendship, determination and heart. It's about doing whatever it takes to go after your dreams and also teaches messages of standing up for yourself and not lying to your friends. I think it's a great way to bring other cultures into schools too and allow kids to be transported to Spain and to learn about other traditions. 

You can pick up a copy of 'Toro' here.

Find Andrew and 'Toro' on social media:

Facebook: @ToroBook
Instagram: @ToroBook
Twitter: @Toro_Book

Happy Reading!

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