Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Review #23: Stop It! by Sally Lee

Title: Stop it!

Author and Illustrator: Sally O. Lee
Publisher: Lee Publishing
Format: Review copy from author
Genre: Picture Book for Children under 5

Rating: 3/5

My Review and Description:

It's probably a bit suprising seeing a children's book being reviewed here since I haven't done one yet but I do read quite a few, mostly at my bookstore job on my break. I have been keeping an eye out for children's picture books that are available to review and when I saw this one, I requested it. It looked like fun.

First off, how I review picture books is based a lot on the illustrations. They are geared to attract and keep the attention of very young children (and some easily distracted adults.wink!) so the pictures should be eye catching. The second thing I look for is the message of the story. My two year old is a sponge. He soaks up everything so it's really important to me, as a parent, when reading to him, that the books involve a well rounded storyline with a positive message.

So having said that, Stop It! is a very sweet simple book. The story is about a little girl, Anabel,who likes to play dress up with her cat, Lulubell. But she gets bullied by her brother, George. And he picks on her cat. She stands up for herself and George sees the error of his ways and feels bad for what he's done. George is appointed King by Anabel and all is good. The End.

Simple story, sweet message, colorful illustrations. All in all, I rated it a 3. It is a decent read for a young reader but I like a bit more depth. This is a tough level of books. You don't want to have too much going on that the child doesn't understand but sometimes too simple is overlooked as well. I would read this to a younger toddler, age 3 or 4. That is the age when bullying starts and "MINE!" is shouted often. The message of asserting yourself and telling the bully to "Stop it!" is a good one.
Check out a short bio from the publisher's website here. She has a whole list of beautiful books for children.

Happy Reading!

* red headed book child


Melissa said...

This sounds cute. I enjoy reading to my 3 yr. old, but other than the older children books i enjoyed as a kid, I have no idea what's out there.

Jessica said...

It really does sound like a sweet story. :)

Sheila Deeth said...

It's a great title for a kids book too - words that she hears so often turned into a story she'll want to hear.