Math is a breeze and history is easy, but when it comes to reading, Horatio Humble just can’t get it right. All the letters mix together into one big mess. When Mom and Dad meet with his teacher and he hears the words “Dyslexia” and “Special Ed” floating through the air, Horatio is determined not to enjoy reading books.
Horatio Humble Beats the Big “D” is another fun rhyming story from Margot Finke. Published many times over, and focusing on reluctant readers, this talented author has a way with rhyme that begs you to pick up one of her books. With her fabulous sense of humor, Finke has created yet another book that youngsters will enjoy reading time and again.
Confronting a disability like dyslexia can be frightening for parents and kids, but Horatio Humble Beats the Big “D” can help by offering hope that the challenge can be overcome. This book tackles the issue in a way that is entertaining, not scary.
Award-winning designer, illustrator and artist Ellen Gurak provided the illustrations for Horatio Humble Beats the Big “D”. I believe this is the first time I’ve seen her work. Following with the comical, rhyming theme of Finke’s text, Gurak created a series of illustrations that are cartoonish, but also managed to capture the emotions Horatio experiences throughout the story, whether that emotion be joy, sorrow, anger or fear.
I believe Horatio Humble Beats the Big “D” would make an excellent addition to a school library, a language arts classroom, or psychologist’s office. With two pages of reference material included at the back of the book, not only is it fun, it is educational. I applaud Finke’s efforts to help children with dyslexia thrive.
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