Over the fall I made a book review sheet for each of my three grandsons who live on the other coast. These boys, ages 6-10, rarely stop moving enough to read. But of course I send them books every other month with hope in my heart.
I sweetened the book review deal with the promise of giving them a $5 Amazon gift card for each review they return. I sent them each three blank reviews.
My son called with regret in his voice: “I don’t think they’ll do this.” I understood. Can’t “make” a child read a book and enjoy.
Wellll, last month in the mail I received one review from the oldest (who does love to read). I was so ecstatic and excited that I immediately bought and e-mailed him a $10 gift card, thinking his brothers wouldn’t be following through so I should reward the reader and give him a big “YAY.”
But in the mail the next day I received two reviews from the youngest brother. Oh, no. Another $10??
Then the following day two more reviews from both fellows. And then, the dyslexic one who hates to read sent me a story he wrote, instead of a review, with his own illustration. Triple whammy!
Oh, and ahem, many of my friends and followers have bought my latest book, MOLLY FINDS HER PURR, for themselves or as gifts. I’m happy to say Molly has received excellent reviews on Goodreads and Amazon – all five stars.
But we authors always like to remind readers. WRITE A REVIEW. Reviews help a book find its way into other people’s hearts, and reading laps.