Sloth the Lazy Dragon by Regan W.H. Macaulay

If you didn’t catch it the first time around, you will want to pick up the updated version of Sloth the Lazy Dragon by Regan W.H. Macaulay.

Sloth allowed himself to get out of shape as he sits atop his hoard of gold and jewels. One day, a brave dwarf named Radish offers to help him get back in shape. Under the guidance of Radish, Sloth finds himself eating healthier and exercising. Soon he discovers this healthy new lifestyle is more valuable than all the treasure in the world.

Award-winning author Macaulay has re-released this delightful and fun story with Mirror World Publishing. An easy way to encourage youngsters to adopt a healthy lifestyle, Sloth the Lazy Dragon entertains and doesn’t preach. Young readers will enjoy the great message, while being captivated by the charming artwork from Alex Zgud.

Lovers of fables, fairy tales, and mythical creatures are sure to enjoy this story.

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I won a copy of this book during the author’s re-launch party. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Life of Shouty: Good Habits by NeonSeon

Shouty ignores the advice of a man who encourages him to develop good habits. He doesn’t plan and prioritize. He chills out and relaxes. He doesn’t floss every day. His room is a disaster. He watches too much TV and his lawnย is an unmanageable, overgrown mess. Looking in the mirror, he has a great vision of who he could be and begins making changes to find that person.

In this motivational children’s book geared toward ages 7 and up, the reader finds a rhyming story meant to instill good habits in kids early on. Life of Shouty: Good Habits by NeonSeon does mention important traits like setting goals, prioritizing, reading over watching TV, and taking care of your teeth. I’m not certain, however, that a book where an adult avoids paying his bills and lets his lawn grow up to his chin is the most effective for young readers. Overall, I believe the book will go over kids’ heads. While the cover art and interior illustrations are cute and whimsical, kids might not understand things like the “Something for Nothing Currency Exchange” or the “Live for the Moment funeral home.”

The main thing that caught my eye, however, is the quote on the back of the book. Here we have a book that is meant to motivate kids and it has a negative quote from Shouty on the back:

ย “I have this great vision of who I could be!

As I look in the mirror, that’s not what I see.”

I would have preferred to see a more standard back cover blurb.

Shouty Mack started out as a comic strip geared toward high school students. It would work well for that market and older, but it misses the mark for younger kids. That said, I also have the second book in this series, Life of Shouty: Food & Fitness, here. I skimmed through it, and it seems much more age appropriate than its predecessor.

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  • Publisher:Rixkin
  • ISBN-10:0984206906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984206902
  • SRP: $14.95

I received a free copy of this book from the authorย in exchange for my honest opinions. I received no monetary compensation of any kind to provide my review.