Liam & Maverick Fight Germs and Viruses: A Masked Superhero and his Loyal Assistant Uncover the Secrets to Fight the Pandemic is a lovely book for kids – especially during a pandemic when children are spending time indoors, cooped inside their respective homes. This book helps explain what a pandemic is and what a virus is. It offers help and imparts knowledge which is easy to understand and comprehend for small children. The author, Molly Peterson, has beautifully explained the need to wear masks and the need of hand washing.
The plot is simple and endearing. Liam is a young boy who steps out with his pet dog Maverick to play with his friends. Even though he doesn’t fully understand the gravity of the situation, neither does he understand the virus fully. Yet Liam complies with the instructions and follows them dutifully for the safety of his loved ones. When he reaches the park where his friends are playing he is shocked to see them flouting all rules. None of them has a mask and they aren’t maintaining social distancing either. He goes up to them and asks about it. They reply that one does not need to wear mask outside. When Liam tells them otherwise they laugh at him and ignore him. Liam then takes it into his own hands, along with his faithful dog Maverick, to teach his friends about the virus and how to be safe for the sake of our loved ones.
A delightful and engaging book from the start. The author has made sure that all details are well met for the prerequisite of a children’s book. The font size is just correct for reading and it’s written in capitals, making it easy for children of any age to read. The language is very simple and easy to understand. The illustrations in the book just add more charm to the text and make the book self-explanatory.
I would recommend this book to all parents and librarians since it helps understand not just the pandemic, the virus and safety. It also imparts other important lessons and values like friendship, discipline, obedience, courage and love for our elders.
It is a fetching and endearing book that all elders would enjoy with young children.
I received an ARC of the book in exchange of honest review of the book. My views are my own and are not biased or influenced by the author or publisher.