I had the pleasure of being able to review “The Adventures of the Salamander” Series. My kids absolutely loved these books!
About the author:
Michael Schmidt is an award winning artist and illustrator. This is his first children’s book and the way it came about is very interesting. When Michael was 5, he wrote and illustrated (with the help of his mom) the first version of The Adventures of the Salamander. This first version only filled one sheet of paper lol!
As an adult Michael found this story in his Mother’s attic and decided it need to be turned into an epic adventure. It took him about 2 years to write and illustrate the entire 10 volumes of “The Adventures of the Salamander”. He added new details, but was able to maintain most the original content and structure.
My girls loved this book! I had to read it to them every morning after breakfast and every night before bed and if they had their way. we would have read it all day :).
I think the main reason they loved it so much was because it was based on a story written by a five year old. The story met them on their level. It was not overly complicated and snuck in some educational facts all while entertaining them consistently throughout the whole series. The book follows Slippy the Salamander as he tries to rescue his village form the evil lizards that took over and forced all the salamanders to bake for them all day. He meets some very hilarious and fun characters along the way. My girls giggled throughout the whole book.
This book is incredibly unique. It is written for all different age and reading levels. It is a true chapter book for older and more established readers, but in each of the illustrations is a version of the story for younger kids and beginning readers. This is an ingenious idea! What I think is so good about it is that when they are younger they can read the beginning version, then when they are older they can go back and read the more advanced version and still feel a connection to the characters, something that is so important in developing a love of reading.
*This review was based on a free copy of “The Adventures of the Salamander” however all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links, please see my disclosure policy for details.