Sunday, January 1, 2017

Evie the Knight by Maggie Testa -- NOT RECOMMENDED

Testa, Maggie Evie the Knight (Mike the Knight). PICTURE BOOK. Simon Spotlight, 2015. $3.99.

This book is an adaptation of a Mike the Knight episode. Mike's sister, Evie, says that being a knight is easy. In order to show Mike that she's correct, she turns herself into a knight -- and then brings a Viking attack down on the village.

Like many books based on television episodes, this one feels rather disjointed and lacks character development. The real deal-breaker, however, is the ending, where Mike declares, "We should both stick to what we're best at." So Evie turns in her knight's helmet and goes back to baking jam tarts, while Mike gets all the fun of being a knight (and, presumably, also gets to eat the tarts).

Not only does this hurt my feminist heart, but it goes against every bit of the growth mindset we try to teach our students to have. Is that math too hard? No need to improve; just give up and stick to whatever you do best. Reading getting you down? Don't bother practicing; just give up and stick to whatever you do best.

Not exactly an attitude I want to instill in my students.

Pre-K, EL (K-3) -- NOT RECOMMENDED. Reviewed by Sydney G., K-6 Library Media Specialist

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