The difference between a child’s and adult’s perspective on literature

Day 14 of our Advent Extravaganza shows a thankfully different perspective between a child and an adult on a story.

Review: “So What!” by Tracey Trussell and Neil Price

Published by Digital Leaf

image courtesy of http://www.digitalleaf.co.uk

What it’s about:

Daisy’s a lovely little girl with a big imagination so school should be fun. But one friend’s unkindness is making it a misery. Can she learn to stand up for herself and be happy once more?  

Holly’s review:

What’s the moral of this story? I am not sure but I think this story is about a girl who learns how to stand up for herself and not worry about what other people think of her. She realizes that she can only get someone interested in her if she makes up something really incredible so they aren’t really her friend. I found this sad though because I felt like she had no friends, even if she is happy at the end.

Sam’s review:

I am so glad Holly joined me tonight in reviewing this book, which has been out since April 2014 – it seemed to slip under our review pile, unfortunately. Anyway, my first reaction upon reading the book was not very favourable. Like Holly, I was left puzzling over what the moral in the story was after the first reading. I decided that perhaps there wasn’t one. There is truth in Holly’s observations and the publisher’s comments that Daisy learns to stand up for herself and not worry about what someone else says about her but her final triumph at the end comes from treating her ‘tormentor’ in the same way that upset her. I suppose as a PC parent I am thinking this doesn’t really teach children to have confidence in herself but to dish out as good as they get. While I do agree with this to a certain extent, I just feel the book would have been more satisfying for me if she had shrugged off the meanness of the others rather than learning to adopt the same attitude.

The illustrations are full of colour and movement and are pleasing to look at – rather larger than life. There is a pictorial bias on who is the goodie and who’s the baddie in this (look at the eyes!) with one particular scene that makes one of the girls look positively frightening and monstrous! They are interesting and unique – though Holly thought they appeared rather computerized in appearance.

The reviews so far on amazon are positive – children aged five and under seem to really appreciate this book. This has been a good eye opener for me in showing that adults and children have different takes on the messages in books and how satisfying they are. As an adult I probably would not have bought this book to read, but it is clear that many children love it and would be glad to have a copy. And they are the people who matter!

While we were sent this copy by Digital Leaf to review, we were under no obligation to review it, nor were we influenced in any way by this.

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