Occasionally publishers send me books to read and review. The thing is, I am terrible about getting them done and posting them, however that ends now. With my first review of a new book by Jim Benton called CATWAD : It’s Me. It was sent to me for free to read and review. Opinions are my own.
If I can get my son to read anything it is a miracle. He likes some things but pulling him away from the iPad is often a chore. I gave him my copy of CATWAD by Jim Benton and he immediately took to it and began reading, and laughing. Belly laughs. He loves silliness and this book is right in his wheelhouse. The book is also in the wheelhouse for Andrew’s age group. I read through the book and enjoyed it. There were some moments of laughter for me but I am a bit far removed from the target audience by several years. I did enjoy it though. I especially liked the first sketch between Catwad and his best friend Blurmp. That defines their relationship immediately and lets the reader know the dynamic going forward. You can see more of what I thought in my video review below.
Today is World Kindness day and in honor of that I wanted to tell you a little story about a Christmas Ornament. The ornament’s name is Oliver. Oliver is a cute little boy on ice skates with a broken arm but a huge heart. I was given a copy of the delightful book and shared it with my son. Andrew has one of the kindest hearts I know and so this story of kindness in the face of bullying was an important one.
Bullying, at Christmas? Yes, in this story Oliver the ornament gets bullied by a few of the other ornaments because he is so old and has a broken arm. I honestly found the reasons a bit thin but then again kids bully kids for all sorts of dumb reasons that do not make sense. Adults do as well. Having Oliver be bullied and feel bad about himself was what making him respond with kindness more impactful. In this story about a Christmas tradition we are reminded of all of those ornaments and decorations that we have in our homes and how they came to live with us. Maybe you found one on a special trip. Maybe you have a certain type that you buy each year like we do. We get the special Keepsake frame that you can place a small family photo inside. With that we can look back on a fun family photo from the past year. Continue reading Oliver the Ornament – The Importance of Kindness→
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