Sunday, June 7, 2015

Tweezle into Everything by Stephanie McLellan -- OPTIONAL

McLellan, Stephanie Tweezle into Everything, illustrated by Dean Griffiths. PICTURE BOOK. Pajama Press, 2014. $17.95. Content: G.

Tweezle might be the youngest in his family, but in his own eyes he's big. Unfortunately, every time he tries to prove it, his plans go awry -- until a very special act of kindness shows that he has some big-time potential after all.

This book is cute, and the ending is sweet. However, Tweezle's extremely juvenile language, while perhaps realistic for his age, could confuse young listeners. Also, his older siblings are unnecessarily harsh, referring to him as "that rat," "the little slug," "the lint on the bottom of my pocket," and "the mud on the bottom of my sneaker" -- all without any reprimanding or other consequences from their parents. Again, not the best of examples for kids -- either those who are called names or those doing the name-calling.

Pre-K -- OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Caryn

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