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Author: Julie Baer

Illustrator: Julie Baer

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Publisher: Bollix Books, 2003

Material: hard cover

Summary: Dewey Jackson Braintree Berg is very particular about the things he likes, from food to houses. But then someone important to him has or does something different, and, he broadens his horizons for those "exceptions." This is a fun story to share with kids, especially those who tend to be contrary or finicky.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Age of Child: Started reading with child nearly 3 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: It didn't take too many readings before "I only like what I like" became the mantra du'jour for our toddler. S/He regularly requests this at bedtime.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a story that is pure child. It celebrates the fact that kids are fickle, although we're not sure our child sees themselves in the story (and they should!).

Pros: The story moves quickly, with just a sentence or two per page. The mosaic effect of the illustrations is a nice change.

Cons: None. For readers who do not practice Judaism, you may want to change some of the events in your reading to fit your faith.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book that has great longevity, with lessons about life and change that kids need to hear for lots of years.

If You Liked This Book, Try: Farfallina and Marcel, When I was Little: A 4-Year Old's Memoirs of Her Youth FARFALLINA & MARCEL   WHEN I WAS LITTLE: A Four-Year-Old's Memoir of Her Youth   I LIKE GUM

Educational Themes: Dewey's personality makes it easy to teach kids not to close their minds too quickly. You can sneak in a lesson about manners, too. For non-Jews, there is an added bonus of helping to expand your child's horizon to learn a new faith.

Notes: The author 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, family, Judaism, emotions

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2004

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