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You know that feeling when you can't find your things? You look and you look in the same places you already looked in 3 times before. Then you finally think you remember where it is and you rush over and it's not there either. Then, weeks later it turns up in the most unexpected place and you slap yourself on the forehead because you cannot believe you left it where you did. This story, is much worse than that, it's an emotional journey of discovery that leads a young boy home to the realization of the importance of a mother's love. There is absolutely nothing quite like it. The Sir Rhymesalot reading level (lexile) is age 11 - 14 (grade 4 - 6) but parents reading these books to children aged 3 - 7 (K - 2) can strengthen literacy and vocabulary significantly in their young minds. This is due to the power of rhyme as a literacy builder.
An Australian poet-pirate-persona is a very good place to start describing this relentless-rhymer, but his books are as multidimensional as the renaissance man himself. Simon Mills is a gregarious, larger-than-life author who masterfully communicates on multiple levels. Courageously comedic and then soulful when you least expect it, his stories entertain the parent reader on one level and the youngster on another entirely. You will meet Violet the Virus who longingly loves people but has no idea she is harmful. You will meander through Venice with Pigeoni, the Italian consigliere whose fanciful-fairytales prove too much for his fellow feathered friends until they discover the remarkable truth of his character. Parables that ponder themes from bullying to self-belief in I Lost My Brave, and from racial harmony, in Cyril the Squirrel to social distancing dilemmas in I Lost My Hug.