My Son’s Rating:
I really like how the story tackles the subject matter, without it coming across as condescending or patronising and it gives all introverts, who read it, a glimmer of hope that everything will be OK by getting over a fear.
Visually, the pages are engaging, with bright colours, lots of details and the emotions from all the characters are displayed through their faces and actions. I think the age range of this book is for slightly older children, maybe those who are of primary school age and have poor social skills or those who are just a bit shy and need a little nudge in the right direction.
I do feel Matt Buckingham, achieved the goal he set out to do, it is a complex topic which he completed so simply.
It is a good read, especially for children who are held back by a fear of some sort, it may not necessarily be a fear of being left out, but the general idea of changing your mind and doing the scary thing has been tackled so lovely within this story.
Personally, with having a few anxieties with my eldest about his social skills, I love this book for him. He seems to enjoy it and always wants a re-read. I find it an original story and what I enjoy the most is how much you can talk along with your children when reading it. Each page has something new and engaging.
Comments from my son:
“I loved it when Shrimpy started to play”
If you liked this read, have a look at “Bright Stanley” by Matt Buckingham
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