My grateful thanks to the author Davina Hamilton for a copy of Riley Can Be Anything in return for an honest review.
Riley Can Be Anything is available for purchase here.
Riley Can Be Anything
The inspiring rhyming story follows Riley as he discovers some of the wonderful things he can do when he grows up. With the help of his big cousin Joe, Riley is taken on a series of imaginative journeys that allow him to realise he can be anything he wants to be.
Complete with joyful illustrations by Elena Reinoso, Riley Can Be Anything is an uplifting and encouraging story for young children.
My Review of Riley Can Be Anything
Riley doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up, but he could be anything!
What a breath of fresh air Riley Can Be Anything is. It makes such a change to have a book with ethnic diversity that gives such positive messages.
Riley Can Be Anything is wonderfully illustrated with a rhyme scheme that feels natural and engaging and that will enhance a child’s vocabulary. I liked the suggested good manners in saying please and thank you as well as the encouragement to be inquisitive because these elements are slipped into the narrative without being overt or conescending. So too is the health message of drinking water.
However, for me, the outstanding aspect of Riley Can Be Anything is the positivity behind the story. Riley is told that he really can be anything and there are aspirational roles like doctors or pilots for him to consider, as well as creative ones like being a chef or a musician. In a world where boys like Riley are often put down, Davina Hamilton has created an environment where they have as much right to enjoy a positive and exciting future as anyone else. I thought Riley Can Be Anything was brilliant.
About Davina Hamilton
Davina Hamilton is an exciting writer with 15 years of journalism experience. The former entertainment editor for UK publication, The Voice, Davina has contributed to a host of publications, both in the UK and internationally. She has also featured on a number of radio programmes on stations including BBC London, LBC and BBC Radio 5 Live.
Davina lives in London, England with her husband and two children. She is available for interview upon request.