Thursday, December 3, 2020

Review - My Quiet Ship

My Quiet Ship

by Hallee Adelman
illustrated by Sonia Sánchez
Date: 2018
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

Whenever the yelling in his house starts, Quinn runs to a special hiding place. There he becomes captain of the Quiet Ship, where he can get far, far away from the yelling that hurts his ears and makes him feel scared. But one day the Quiet Ship is broken and Quinn needs a new plan, one that requires him to be brave. A thoughtful treatment of a difficult topic, this story is for any child who faces fighting in the home.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

This book just made me sad. Basically, it's about a little boy who turns to a fantasy world every time his parents start yelling at each other.

Unfortunately, the message seems to be that if you yell right back at your parents, they'll stop yelling at each other and the whole family will heal. That's not the way it works, and some children could put themselves in a dangerous situation by doing what Quinn does in the book.

I would be very hesistant to give this book to a child who is witnessing a lot of arguing in the household. It would have to be selected very carefully, taking the individual situation into account.

Premise: 2/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 3/5

Enjoyment: 1/5

Overall: 2.17 out of 5

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