Six Year Old Sidney The Skateboarding Boy is written and illustrated by Dan Bryant, the story of a six year old who loves nothing more than skateboarding and who practices really hard so that he can compete in a skateboarding competition. He is determined to compete even when his old skateboard is feeling more tired than it ought to for a competition.
The book is bright and colourful with the bold blue of the cover working as a background for the text. The illustrations are fantastic, they remind me of an old show on Nickelodeon called Doug and just like those, the illustrations are full of life and energy. I just adore how Sidney sticks his little tongue out while he is concentrating, possibly because both Harrison and I do that too.
The story is really empowering and teaches that if you keep showing up and putting in the effort then people will take notice, you may not get exactly what you were hoping for but you might get exactly what you need and that might just be even better than you hoped. Harry was really intrigued by the idea of a six year old being so great at a sport like skateboarding, it is very impressive.
I had thought at first that you needed to know some skate terminology and other than a few bits I picked up from Mr Webb playing skate games on the playstation many moons ago, I have no idea what some of them meant. So I was very glad to find the glossary in the back of the book that explained some of the terms to us. Despite being 10 and owning two skateboards, I am sad to say that Harrison is not a skater and much prefers to keep his feet firmly on the ground. The glossary of terms was very useful and Harry has been inspired to give his skateboard another go soon.
The story is great and the illustrations are charming, perhaps we will get an update when Sidney skates in his next competition.
Six Year Old Sydney The Skateboarding Boy is available now from Shookbop.
This book was sent for review by the publisher Stour Valley Publishing and the opinions are all our own.
Thank you so much for reading our review,
Samantha and Harrison.