Book review: I’m In Charge!, by Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Jarvis

Willis, Jeanne. I’m In Charge! Illustrated by Jarvis. Nosy Crow/Candlewick Press, 2018. Unpaged. $16.99. ISBN 978-1536202595. Ages 2-6. P7 Q8

Little Rhino runs around telling all the animals that he is in charge, being sort of a bully. He says he makes the rules and he doesn’t want to share. But things happen that change his mind. The colors and simple illustrations are fabulous-very simple yet effective artwork. The words are ones that are best said aloud at story time with great volume as little rhino shouts a lot. The lesson is lightly given at the end.

VERDICT: This was mostly fun for the artwork and joy of reading it aloud. Very young children will enjoy this book. It gives a reason to chat about why being a bully isn’t a good thing.

January 2020 review by Lynne Wright.

Book review: Lazy Dave, by Jarvis

Jarvis. Lazy Dave. Harper, 2015. $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-235598-0. Unp. Ages 4-8. P8 Q8

Jarvis Lazy DaveLilly’s dog Dave sleeps all the time and though he gets up when Lilly goes to school, he is sleepwalking. While the sleepwalking Dave is out one day, a thief tripped over him and was captured. Dave was hailed a hero by the mayor. When Lilly got home lazy Dave was back in his dog bed. Later, when Lilly took Dave for a walk, she heard about the dog who saved the day. Dave was sad when Lilly told told him, “too bad you are not like that dog,” but then told him she loved him anyway. Maybe this book could be a great start of a discussion about how not to judge people because you never know.

December 2015 review by Melinda Dye.