Bad Boy, Good Boy by author Kay Chorao is a soon to be released children’s book geared toward those ages 4-6 years old. In this book, readers are introduced to a young pup that seems to always be getting into trouble though his intentions aren’t meant to be troublesome! In fact, this pup often is aiming for the very best but he tends to get into quite the predicaments being a little careless, messy, and unpredictable.
There are four different short stories to be found in this 32 page hardcover book. There’s one about the pup helping his Grandpa in the kitchen, another about returning a lost hat to a friend, saving a baby bird from a storm, and so on. The book isn’t incredibly wordy, in fact it was simple enough that my daughter age 4 1/2 was able to read many of the words all by herself.
The illustrations are quite fun in a water color style outlined in black pen. The panel format is quite different than most books I’ve seen and introduces children to comic book sort of feel. I know both my kids were fans of the style!
I’m sure children can relate to the pup in this book as sometimes not being understood in certain situations happens at whatever age. Kids learn that even though they could become misunderstood by family and friends that they are still loved. Misunderstandings are something we have to deal with in life. And this book can open the door to talking about just that, which is it’s best feature.
My major criticisms of the book are the adults are harsh in calling the pup Sam a ‘bad boy’. However, he is a dog, not a boy. Also he ends up causing a huge mess while being reprimanded, and he doesn’t stop, and in the end he is praised for being creative. While there is merit in being creative, this, and the other sections that are misunderstandings come off as awkward. I think the concepts are oversimplified and the books suffers for it. Perhaps if they had gone with Good Dog, Bad Dog, it would have turned out better.
If Bad Boy, Good Boysounds like it might be a good fit for your children, school, or library note that it comes out during May and can be pre-ordered right now.
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