The WORST Day of My Life EVER, is written by Julia Cook and boldly illustrated by Kelsey De Weerd for children 4-8 years of age. I have fallen in love with Cook’s books. I reviewed her book A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue, a few months ago. She does a beautiful job of tackling important behavioral issues in a very humorous way that just win a child over. A former teacher and school counselor, she has now teamed up with Boys Town Press to write picture and activity books on social skills for school children. There is an activity book that kids will love.
R.J. wakes up for school with gum stuck in his hair. He misses the school bus, is late for school, receives a zero on his homework and makes a big mess in the kitchen when he gets home from school. R.J. has good intentions. When his mother comes home and sees the mess, she gets angry. R.J. is really depressed and shares with her his worst day ever. Mom explains to R.J. that he has a problem with paying attention and following directions; the same thing he heard from his teacher that day. Even though it was the worst day ever, R.J. realizes that he has the power to turn things around and make his days the best ones of his life. This is a great book for the classroom.
My Mouth is a Volcano, is written by Julia Cook , illustrated by Carrie Hartman and published by the National Center for Youth Issues. Again, Cook has tactfully dealt with a behavioral issue and created a humorous book for children. Hartman’s illustrations are colorful and clever.
Louis has so many thoughts running through his mind. In fact, he believes his thoughts are so important that they begin to ‘rumble and grumble in his tummy, wiggle and jiggle on his tongue, ” before they erupt from his mouth. Louis always interrupts others, until one day someone interrupts him. He finally feels for the first time the frustration of being interrupted. This is a good book that teaches children how to stop interrupting in a fun and meaningful way. Kids will just get the message without preaching. Another great book for the classroom.