Reviewed by Cayden (age 4 1/2) and Max (age 2 1/2) Aures and Mom for Reader Views (5/09)
“Almost” is the tale of a little boy named Jack who is “almost six.” He “can almost wear big clothes” and “almost ride a big bike” among other things.
Cayden: “The cover is kind of like Max trying to reach things that he can’t get. I can almost ride a big bike like Jack can almost ride a big bike. I still need my training wheels though. I liked the robot that he made out of the vacuum cleaner. That was cool!”
Max: “That boy has a big brother like I do! He falls down and gets hurt like me. He puts lots of bubbles in his tub.”
I think that any child would be able to relate to this book. When they are growing up, there is always something that they aren’t quite able to do yet. They always seem to want to be more grown up than they are. Both of my children found certain examples throughout the story that they could identify with. “Almost” by Richard Torrey is a great book to show kids that they are not the only ones who are so close to doing certain things but just not completely at that point yet.