Book Review: Reptile Flu by Kathryn Cole

What’s it about?

“Kamal tries everything to avoid his school trip to the live reptile exhibit, but nothing works. His fear of being teased is almost as big as his fear of reptiles. Finally, in desperation, he communicates in a way everyone understands. From the I’m A Great Little Kid series, developed by the BOOST Child & Youth Advocacy Centre to teach kids communication, self-esteem-building and other important skills.”

-Goodreads Synopsis

My Review of Reptile Flu

The second in the “I’m a great little kid” series by Kathryn Cole, Reptile Flu lets children know that it is perfectly okay to be afraid of something. More importantly, it also emphasizes that almost everyone is afraid of something. No one is alone in their fears. It also helps children to understand that they need to speak up about their fears. That they won’t be laughed at, and may even get helped dealing with their issues.

Again, as in Never Give Up, the illustrations lend a multicultural air to the story that is hinted at (by names) but not stated outright.

The only critique I have of this book is that there very much seems like there’s a page missing between being on the trip to the exhibit, and the end of the exhibit. I feel like a brief something stating that Kamal was reassured / realized it wasn’t so bad with his friends at his side during the exhibit would have been nice.

Overall, Kathryn Cole and Qin Leng (as illustrator) are doing a great job with this series, and I like knowing I have easy-to-read books for my daughter that teach her lessons she needs to know.

5 Star Rating

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Title: Reptile Flu | Author: Kathryn Cole (site) | Illustrator: Qin Leng (site)|
Publisher: Second Story Press (site) | Publication Date: 2015-4-1 | Pages: 24 |
ISBN: 1927583616 | Genre: Childrens | Language: English | Rating: 5 out of 5 | Triggers: None | Date Read: 2015-10-10 | Source: Free Netgalley copy in exchange for an honest review.

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