Saturday, January 15, 2011
Book Review: Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous: A Story About Being a Boy
Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous: A Story About Being a Boy
By: Christa Carpenter and Mary Wayne Adams
Published by: Caballo Books, 2009
Reading level: Preschool to age 8
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
Carpenter, Christa. Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous: A Story About Being a Boy (copyrighted in 2008 and published in 2009 by Caballo Books, P. O. Box 916392, Longwood, FL 32791).
Have you ever done anything ridiculous? Nicholas Wallaby is a boy of perhaps around eight years of age. He likes to do ridiculous things, such as drinking out of the sink, drawing pictures of his family with two heads each, wearing chocolate all over his face, and eating like a dog. His mother keeps telling him, “Nicholas, that’s ridiculous!” She says it maybe thirty times a day. But what will she say to him at the end of the day when she tucks him into bed?
Having been a boy once myself, though it seems so long ago, and having raised two boys of my own, I found that the lighthearted, poetic text by Christa Carpenter and the enchanting, whimsical illustrations by Mark Wayne Adams delightfully portray what “being a boy” means. Yes, children must learn that there are times when they need to be serious about life, but there are also times when it’s all right for both children and adults to be ridiculous—at least a little! The “Book Talk” thought questions at the end help to engage children in discussion, imagination, and perception. Boys will surely like this book. I, for one, enjoyed it.
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