Friday, October 30, 2020

Review - Get Me Out of This Book!

Get Me Out of This Book!

by Kalli Dakos & Deborah Cholette
illustrated by Sara Infante
Date: 2019
Publisher: Holiday House
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 40
Format: e-book
Source: library

"GET ME OUT OF THIS BOOK!" shouts Max. Max is a scaredy-cat bookmark until he learns 3 rules for being brave--breathe deeply, make a plan, and think positive thoughts!

When Max the bookmark went into a scary book, he couldn't LOOK and he SHOOK and he SCREAMED, "GET ME OUT OF THIS BOOK!"

Then he learned to (1) breathe deeply, (2) make a plan, and (3) think positive thoughts--techniques used by the Navy SEALs. Max put his new tools into practice and now he's brave enough to face a snake, yucky bugs, and even a seven-headed monster!

Every book comes with its very own Max, the bookmark!

This humorous story packs a big punch as it introduces children to mindfulness, self-regulation, self-control, and other techniques for dealing with stress and overcoming fear.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

I think I can honestly say that I've never come across a book with this premise before. Max is a bookmark who's afraid of the pictures in books! So he goes to school to overcome his fears and get his Special Bookmark Badge.

Max uses (of all things) Navy SEAL techniques for dealing with his issues. The book works as a story about overcoming your fears, but it also functions as a basic instruction manual for the techniques (breathe deeply, make a plan, and think positive thoughts) so that kids can practice these things with their own scary situations.

A unique premise with a good message makes this a book worth checking out.

Quotable moment:

Premise: 3/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 4/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 5/5

Enjoyment: 3/5

Overall: 3.5 out of 5

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