My rating: 3 of 5 stars
What this book is about:
Everybody faces a few daily difficulties, some bigger some smaller..Maybe you can’t find one of your shoes..maybe you get caught in the rain..or maybe you’re just bored. In this book you’ll find some very common problems and some imaginative solutions to these problems!
I’ll be honest, this is a hard book to review. The reason for that is that it’s meant for very young kids and I’m a not-so-young kid anymore. But I’ll do my best to view it from the proper perspective!
First of all, this is a very short book of approximately 50 pages filled with illustrations and some text (one short sentence per page). So, this is a read for the very young ages. The illustrations are not something amazing or exquisite; I would call them rather ordinary. Probably the type of pictures that is in most books or comics. Not too many colours, not a lot of details. Again, perfect for children who are too young to grasp too many things included in a picture.
Basically, this is a book which presents some everyday problems which, let’s face it, most four-year-olds will ever face because the parents will take care of it. So how could you use this book? Well, I was thinking that if I were a parent I would read along with my child and present a problem. Then go through the solutions together and maybe after that try to come up with our own funny solutions. This is probably a great book to engage children to problem solve for fun and to increase their Theory of Mind.
Theory of Mind is an important ability that children develop which basically allows them to make attributions of feelings, beliefs, knowledge, desires to themselves and others. It’s basically how children understand how other people think and feel at any given moment.
Apart from the scientific blah, one more great thing about this book was the emphasis it gives to owning a pet and especially a dog (sorry cat-lovers, I’m team dog here!). A dog can be a child’s best friend and partner in crime, and that’s how this book portrays this relationship. A little girl and her dog, being into troubling situations and finding solutions together. Partnership at it’s best! This is a pretty great theme for a book in itself.
Overall, this is a great book for very young children and especially for those who enjoy a more interactive experience with your toddler when reading books (talking about what’s happening in the book, discussing the pictures etc.). If I had to say something negative about it, it would probably be that the “plot” is not extremely interesting but at that age you just want to have a great reading experience with your dad or mom so who cares what the book is about when mom/dad makes funny voices, right?
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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