I Want Everything! – Big Little Talks series – by Alberto Pellai and Barbara Tamborini

Perfect Picture Book Friday

I Want Everything!, Oh Brother! and I Don’t Want to Go to School! are three new books in the Big Little Talks series published by Magination Press Oct, 13, 2020, for children 4 to 8 years old. The empowering series is written by Alberto Pellai, MD, PhD, and Barbara Tamborini  and illustrated by Elisa Paganelli.

I Want Everything! 

Opening: “I want the moon as my kickball, snow in the summer, and the sound of the ocean as my lullaby!  You think that tricycle is yours? It’s not, it’s mine. I’m the king of everything, not you.”

Publisher’s Synopsis: A boy wants everything in the world, but his parent tries to help him realize that maybe he’s okay with what he already has and that he cannot have everything that he wants. As the boy’s tantrum persists and he wants to be and roar like a lion, he is gently brought back down to earth by a parent who says, “But, you are acting rude when you roar like a lion and frighten everyone with your angry voice.”

Oh Brother!

Opening“Your baby brother is finally here.” / “Big deal. He doesn’t talk. He makes funny faces, sleeps a lot, and he only cries like a big baby! And you have to carry him all the time.”

Publisher’s Synopsis: This charming story about a new addition to the family will help older siblings appreciate their expanded family. The little brother has arrived, and all he does is sleep and cry! He doesn’t play ball or swim or do anything a little brother is supposed to do. And he takes up all the parents’ time. But the little brother smiles when his big brother makes faces and claps when he plays the drums. Maybe being a big brother will be great?

I Don’t Want to Go to School

Opening: “Everyone says kids need to go to school. But it’s better to stay home. I don’t want to go! Everyone says that teachers don’t let you talk or play. They are mean. They are loud. And the let bats fly around the classroom!”

Publisher’s Synopsis: Going to school can be a really big deal to a little kid. New routine, new friends, new places, and new faces can be a lot to handle at first! It’s hard for kids to handle that transition and see that school might be fun and that their parent will always come back.

This sensitive book will help kid and parents talk about this big step and transition to being apart during the day—and maybe even have fun at school!

Why I like these books:

Big emotions can be overwhelming for children facing life-changing moments! This fun, engaging and interactive series shows children voicing their thoughts, fears and frustrations (in orange ink) while an empathetic parent listens in the background and offers the child a reassuring message (black ink) to help them feel calm, validate an achievement, adapt to change, and set necessary limits with inappropriate behavior.

The narrative will engage children from the first page to the last. And they will be captivated by Elisa Paganelli’s colorful, lively and expressive illustrations.

Resources: The Big Little Talk series is a wonderful tool for parents, counselors and teachers. Make sure you check out the Reader’s Note at the end of each book, which further explains the common behavioral and emotional stages of childhood.

Alberto Pellai, MD, PhD, is a child psychotherapist and a researcher at the Department of Bio-medical Sciences of the University of Milan. In 2004 the Ministry of Health awarded him the silver medal of merit for public health. He is the author of numerous books for parents, teachers, teenagers, and children. He lives in Italy. Visit him at albertopellailibri.it and on Instagram @alberto_pellai.

Barbara Tamborini, is a psycho-pedagogist and writer. She leads workshops in schools for teachers and parents. She is the author with Alberto Pellai of several books aimed at parents. She lives in Somma, Italy. Visit her on Facebook @Barbara Tamborini.

Every Friday, authors and KidLit bloggers post a favorite picture book. To see a complete listing of all the Perfect Picture Books (PPB) with resources, please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s website.

*Review copies provided by the publisher in exchange for a review.

I Just Don’t Like the Sound of NO!

I Just Don’t Like the Sound of No! (How about MAYBE?)

Julia Cook, Author

Kelsey De Weerd, Illustrator

Boys Town Press, 2011, Fiction

Suitable for:  Ages 5 and up

Themes: Frustration, Obedience, Conflict Resolution, Interpersonal Communication, Life Skills

Opening/Synopsis “My name is RJ, and I just don’t like the sound of the word NO!  It seems like everybody always tells me NONO RJ this, NO RJ that…sometimes I think my real names is NO RJ!”   RJ goes shopping with his dad and sees a box of smelly markers he really wants.  He asks his dad if he will buy the markers for him.  His father says, “No.”  But RJ protests with “how about maybe or we’ll see?”  When RJ gets home his best friend Sam invites him to sleep over at his house.  RJ’s mother says “No, not on a school night.”  RJ argues with ” how about I’ll think about it?”  The same pattern continues at school and his teacher tells RJ that he needs to learn to accept “No” for an answer.  She invites hims to become a member of the “Say YES to NO Club.”  If RJ can learn to accept No for an answer from his parents and teacher, stay calm and learn how to disagree appropriately, he can add his name to the club’s Star Board.

What I like about this book:  Julia Cook is one of my very favorite children’s authors.  This book is the winner of the 2011 MOM’s Choice Award Honoring Excellence, and the National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval. Her books are all winners for me because they help children problem-solve, learn fundamental social skills of accepting “no” and disagreeing appropriately, or learning proper behavior for a range of situations.  Her books are such a treat for kids, parents and teachers!   Kids will laugh as they see and hear themselves in her stories.   There are so many teaching moments.

Activities:  The book itself, is an activity book with tips for parents and educators at the end.  But, there is also an Activity Guide for Teachers with a CD and posters than can be purchased separately.   Visit Julia Cook’s website for information and other resources.   I have previously reviewed three other Julia Cook books on my blog.  If you are interested in reading my reviews click on “My Mouth is a Volcano”  “The Worst Day of My Life EVER!”  and “A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue.”  I’ve included pictures of the covers below.   All of her books come with separate Activity Guides.

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Important Date: April is National Autism Awareness Month, which will be kicked off  Monday, April 2, with an International Autism Awareness Day.  Join  Autism Speaks in the third annual “Light It Up Blue” day to help shine a light on autism.  The entire world is going blue to increase awareness about autism.  My website will feature an article on Monday, and will be blue!