Welcome to Book Reviews: Edition 6. This week I will be reviewing the following children’s books: Unicorn Jokes-Kids Tell Them, Little Nikki: Her Journey to Self-Love, and I Am Grateful.
Unicorn Jokes-Kids Tell Them
Unicorn Jokes-Kids Tell Them is written by Rich Linville. To be honest, I wasn’t a fan. I’m not usually a fan of joke books, but I didn’t find these jokes to be particularly clever or even to make sense. There were a lot of jokes simply related to the ‘corn’ part of unicorn. In one of them a unicorn returns a missing book to a child, who says it’s a miracle, but the unicorn says the kid’s name and number are in the book. I honestly don’t get it. This book gets 2/5 stars from me.
Little Nikki: Her Journey to Self-Love
Little Nikki: Her Journey to Self-Love is written by Nicole Marshall and is the second book by this author I have reviewed. The first book of hers I reviewed was Ebony and Her Crown, which had scored 5/5 from me. So, I had high expectations for this one. I wasn’t disappointed. While Little Nikki: Her Journey to Self-Love focuses on a little girl who is bullied in school for looking different. I was bullied throughout my last years in elementary school and in middle school, so I too, can relate to what is in the text.
Even if I couldn’t relate, there are valuable lessons contained in this story. It is important for little girls to learn that they have worth beyond what society and their peers give them. Our worth comes from within. And, this story exemplifies this in a way that’s both relatable and educational. 5/5 stars from me.
I Am Grateful
I Am Grateful is written by J.L. Sanchez and focuses on the reasons children should be grateful. While I like the idea of teaching children gratitude, I feel as if this book glosses over the negative side of many of the situations in the book. For someone who is all too familiar with toxic positivity, this book seems a little too positive in the light of negative situations.
I wholeheartedly believe that gratitude is an important lesson. Gratitude can be a source of hope in a negative situation. But, this book glosses over the negative situation. For instance, a child in a wheel chair with a broken leg says she’s grateful for the doctors that help her. But, there’s no mention of the pain or being afraid of being in the hospital or even validation that it’s okay to feel those things. I broke my leg a few years ago, and I can tell you that in that situation, gratitude is not the only thing I felt. This book gets 3/5 stars from me.
Conclusions and Recommendations
Based on my review of the three books, I recommend Little Nikki: Her Journey to Self-Love. Thank you for reading Book Reviews: Edition 6. If you’re interested in getting your book reviewed, you can find more information on how to do that here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.