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A little spot of disappointment
Reviewed in the United States on October 8, 2019
My son and I love love love the author's previous books (scribble, snippet, sticks, etc.). Unfortunately, we were both kind of disappointed with this new series.
These books do not tell a story, rather they offer children-friendly therapy guidelines. There is a discrepancy between the age group that the series seems to address (3-4 to 6-7?) and the language used--sentences too long, almost sounding like addressing the parent rather than the child. Illustrations are cute and expressive, but the dialogs in the bubbles are somewhat naive. For instance, the girl who is afraid of joining the party manages to shrink her anxiety spot with the finger trick and then all of a sudden says, "This party is fun." Looking at the picture of the girl still standing away from the crowd, my 8 year-old wondered, "She hasn't even joined them, how come she knows it is fun." So, the narrative (again, not a story) felt somewhat rushed. Previous books delivered really strong messages in a simple language through simple but powerful illustrations. The two books that we read from these series lacked the kind of thoughtful attention that characterizes the author's previous work.