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Great story for kids! But the Kindle adaptation is not great, esp. for dyslexics
Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2020
The story itself is great... simple enough to be read by early readers, and enough action, fun, and magic to keep them interested. This is first book that my reluctant-reader daughter with dyslexia simply devoured.
But, if your young reader has dyslexia, I suggest buying the print edition of the books. That's what we will be doing for other books in the series, probably at the local used kids book store, which has several sets.
Ideally, the Kindle version would have provided the same font options -- especially size -- as regular ebooks. This is important for kids with dyslexia. But for this book each page is actually a picture of the page from the print edition. You can zoom in on a page, but then you have to pan around to follow the text. I can understand that reformatting the text of the book for Kindle to give it the same flow, placement of the pictures, etc., would require some work, but it would make the experience far better for kids learning to read, especially those with dyslexia. Also, several pages are improperly scaled: they appear as a small image on the left side of the screen, which you then have to zoom in on to read.
The print edition also lets one follow the text with your finger, a common technique to help dyslexics learning to read. But the touch screen interface of modern Kindles makes this impractical.