Top positive review
Recommended (i.e., Better Than "Saved by the Shell!")
Reviewed in the United States on June 8, 2014
This 48-page 9"x6" book is "Step 4" in the "Step into Reading" series, meaning that it is intended for children in grades 2-3. It has the same basic storyline as the 16-page 8"x8" book "Saved by the Shell!". The Turtles come to the surface for the first time, and they battle the Kraang who have kidnapped a girl's scientist father. However, "Green" is better than "Saved" in several major ways.
First and foremost, "Green" has more illustrations and more text than "Saved." For example, "Green" has 8 illustrated pages about the TMNTs' origins and 15 years underground, while "Saved" has one un-illustrated sentence. In "Green," it is clear how the TMNTs found a pizza; in "Saved," we are left to wonder if they were rummaging through garbage, if they stole it, or whatever. "Green" has a character "Snake" (who mutates into "Snakeweed") that "Saved" lacks.
Second, if you want your child to read the story her/himself, the font size is larger ("Green" is about 22 point, "Saved" is about 14 point).
Third, "Green" is perfect-bound (i.e., glued) as opposed to staple-bound "Saved." Its expected lifetime is thus longer.
Finally, it is less violent in one passage in the middle which goes "Michelangelo chased him into an alley and finally won the fight." The corresponding passage in "Saved" is "One bad guy was left behind. Michelangelo hit him with his nunchucks."
The only ways in which "Saved" is better than "Green" are minor: (a) the important parts of the illustrations are about 50% larger (e.g., the picture on the last page of "Saved" is about 340 sq cm excluding the part above the arch, as opposed to 224 sq cm in "Green"); and (b) it has 32 stickers of the TMNTs in different poses. Buy this book, not "Saved by the Shell!"