Tuesday, November 2, 2021

THE GOODY by Lauren Child. New York: Orchard Books, 2020.  32p.  ISBN 978-133878954-6 hc. $17.99     Gr. K-2    E PIC

Family dynamics are always interesting, especially the different personalities and interactions between siblings.  After eyeballing the amazingly patterned illustrations, readers will relate to Chirton, the younger brother who always ate his broccoli, washed his hands properly, and went to bed on time.  His parents rewarded his good behavior with a "Goody" badge, because his older sister Myrtle usually behaved badly.  In time, Chirton began to question, "What is so GOOD about being a Goody?"  He decided to be bad also, which upset the entire household.  In contrast, Myrtle tried to change her behavior by being good.  Because no one is good or bad all the time, they reached a balance everyone could live with.  Hint: Watch for the very important rabbit in this story.
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

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