Book review: Alphonse, That Is Not OK to Do, by Daisy Hirst

Hirst, Daisy. Alphonse, That Is Not OK to Do. Candlewick Press, 2016, $15.99. ISBN: 0763681032. 40 pages. Picture book. Ages 2-5 years. P3 Q2

Natalie doesn’t always get along with her little brother Alphonse. On this particular day, nothing is going right and Alphonse is on her nerves. When Natalie lets her anger get the best of her, she is mean to Alphonse. In the end, the siblings make up and Natalie realizes how fun it can be to have a little brother.

Verdict: This book could be used in a preschool setting to teach about getting along with siblings. The story line is lacking, and children older than 3 may lose interest. The price of the book seems a bit expensive for the quality of the story and the awkward phrasing that is used.

December 2016 review by Victoria Harris.

[Editor’s note: Very simple brightly colored illustrations add interest to the story of sister and brother monsters who squabble when the younger brother damages a book and then make up.]

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