The Fiddles Go on Strike, written by Bobby Claeys and illustrated by mark Tomczak, is a recently published children’s book for kids’ ages 4 to 6.
Imagine if one day all electronic devices stopped working! Now imagine your life without your electronic gadgets for a day, or a week or two! We all know how essential these devices are to our daily living. In the book, The Fiddles Go on Strike, all of the world’s electronic devices suddenly stopped working, and the repairmen and electricians could not figure out the problem. Everyone had questions and there were no answers. Everyone was frustrated... all work and recreation came to a halt. Then the answer came in the most surprising way!
There have been many questions regarding electricity that have been posed by kids throughout the generations. How do electronic gadgets work? Are the people actually in the TV? What makes the phone ring, and is there a little man holding a bell? How does bread get hot and become toast in a toaster? The Fiddles Go on Strike is a fitting book for kids’ ages 4 to 6 because the answer Claeys provides is more fun and easier to grasp than the complex explanations of the nature of electricity, subatomic particles, and energy. We’ll leave that kind of complex learning for older kids!
The Fiddles Go on Strike is an easy read for parents reading to kids. Though the sentence structure may be a little wordy for kids of that age group to read on their own, the illustrations lend to the story, expressively capturing the essence of the book on a whole.
Without giving away any spoilers, there are instances where the story and the illustrations are hilarious, and hearing my 4 year old laugh aloud at these moments, is a good indication that The Fiddles Go on Strike is a good natured book which kids will love.
By the end of the book, there is a lesson to be learned and a valuable one too. The book is imaginative and I like that it encourages kids to stretch their imaginations. It’s a refreshing and creative way to tell the story of how things work without boring kids to death!