Rudy and Cirrus of Karma

Author & Illustrator: R.M. Smith
Publisher: Clarence-Henry Books
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-0-578-05235-9
Pages: 32
Price: $14.95

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Rudy isn’t a nice boy. He steals his sister’s things, makes his brother clean his room, and blames his siblings when he breaks a family heirloom. But just as Rudy thinks he’s gotten away with his scheme, he falls into a huge hole in the ground. And while Rudy is lying at the bottom of the hole, a cloud named Cirrus grants him three wishes. Cirrus shows Rudy the consequences of his actions, and soon Rudy decides to change his attitude.

Rudy and Cirrus of Karma is written in rhyme, which isn’t my favorite choice for most picture books. Some of the lines are forced and don’t have the right rhythm to make it an easy read. But the illustrations are nicely done, and the story sends a good message without being overly preachy.

Reviewer: Alice Berger