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Summary: Our narrator takes us along as she explains what she likes - and doesn't - about many of her favorite things. For example, she likes gum, but not in her hair or under her shoe or on her chair. This is a picture book that shows kids that even everyday things have limits.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yoruself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Reading Level: 1.7
Age of Child: Read by an 8-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: The illustrations are what got my daughter interested in this book. She especially liked the images of "gross and messy stuff."
Adult Reader Reaction: Frankly, the girl was a little too cranky for my taste. Even so, this is a nice book to have around for reading with kids who are picky or put conditions on everything.
Pros: Colorful illustrations bring to life this catalog of the things kids like and dislike. Although this is meant to be a book you read to your kids, the simple text is great for new readers. The illustrations are perfect for helping them decode the words.
Cons: This isn't a story, per se. It is one girl's list of things she likes and doesn't.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. The illustrations alone make it worth sharing. It is a book kids can explore on their own, and preschoolers can "read" for themselves.
Educational Themes: This is a book you could use to talk about choices (like what happens when you don't throw your gum in the trash), consequences, and feelings (ask the reader how he/she feels about what is described). It is also a way to frame the idea of limitations and that you don't have to like "everything all the time."
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, rhyme, emotions, growing up