Friday, September 6, 2019

Review - A Little Bit Different

A Little Bit Different
by Claire Alexander
Date: 2019
Publisher: words & pictures
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley

A light and fun story depicting the journey from ignorance to acceptance and celebration. A Little Bit Different by Clare Alexander is a beautiful story exploring acceptance and joy in being different.

Meet the ploofers. The ploofers have been practicing something special which they all want to do at the exact same time—but wait! What’s that? One of them does something different! When one little ploofer goes against the usual flow of things, the rest of them turn their backs on him. But all it takes is for one person to recognize the beauty in being different to spark a change in attitude of everyone.

With simple and striking illustrations, A Little bit Different is a joyful reading experience for both you and your child, with the opportunity to spark more meaningful discussions about people's differences and how we accept and value them.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

The message of this story is a good one, although I found the execution a bit too simple for my taste.

There are these little creatures called Ploofers who shoot grey smoke out of the tops of their heads. But one of them does something a little more colourful, and the rest of the Ploofers don't know what to make of it. In fact, they don't like it at all, because it's different. So the poor little Ploofer who's a bit different starts to feel bad... until someone else comes along and really likes that new creation.

Everything about this book is simple. The text is simple. The illustrations are simple. It works, but I kind of prefer a little more in the picture books I read.

I have to say, though, that the illustration on the copyright page is probably my favourite. It made me laugh out loud.

Thank you to NetGalley and words & pictures for providing a digital ARC.

Premise: 3/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 3/5

Enjoyment: 3/5

Overall: 3 out of 5

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