Mini-Reviews: Be Tidy or Not? (Zoom Boom #2)/Be Careful (Zoom Boom#3) by Joel Brown
Be Tidy or Not? (Zoom Boom #2) by Joel Brown
Title - Be Tidy or Not? (Zoom Boom #2)
Author - Joel Brown
Pages - 28 Pages
Synopsis - Charm and Dirty Bird are two characters from the Zoom Boom book series. Their names are quite the opposite of their character. Charm is very messy; whereas, Dirty Bird is very tidy. However, although they are different, they are still good friends. Be Tidy, or Not?, is a book that allows the readers to understand and appreciate the differences in their friends. It teaches children not to judge the differences, but to accept people as they are, allowing them to be tidy, or not.
Going into this book I was expecting it to be about how to tidy your room (instructions etc) but I was pleasantly surprised it was about how different people can be friends despite these differences. It told you the importance of friends and also expressed that people are different, be who you are even if it's different to your friends. This pleasantly surprised me and I loved the book even more for that.
It features two different characters, Charm and Dirty Bird. You may be able to gather from the title and the names of the characters which character is tidy and which one isn't. However, it turns out that Charm is a very messy bird and Dirty Bird is very clean and well-organised. This brought back the all important phrase, 'don't judge a book by it's cover'. I think it's important that the author included this and it is a thing that a lot of people still ignore. Everyone goes around judging people without knowing what they actually like, I sometimes do it without even noticing I'm doing it. It's just part of being human. However, it's helpful to remember the phrase and try and put it to use.
The book points out the differences between the pair, Charm can never find anything in her messy room meanwhile Dirty Bird knows where everything is because he's well-organised. It then finishes off with something the pair share: their love for reading and how they lend their books to each other. After that it continues to talk about how important friends are and how it doesn't matter if you and your friend are different because no one is the same as everyone else.
Overall, I really enjoyed the story and thought it mentioned important subjects but explained them in a way that young children (the target audience of this book) will understand and remember. The illustrations also added a lot to the story. They were fun and also humorous - overall just brilliant.
Rate - 4/5
Be Careful (Zoom Boom #3) by Joel Brown
Title - Be Careful (Zoom Boom #3)
Author - Joel Brown
Pages - 28 Pages
Synopsis - Zoom Boom the Scarecrow is to the rescue again, but this time he is rescuing Carrie Careless. Carrie Careless never watches where she is going. She is almost hit by a car when she crosses the street because she was not paying attention to the oncoming traffic. She almost fell down the stairs at school because she did not watch her step or hold onto the handrail. Both times Zoom Boom had to rescue her. He always tells her to be careful and pay attention to the safety signs. Zoo Boom wants everyone to be careful and follow all the safety signs in school, around their community, and in their homes.Be Careful is the third book in the Zoom Boom book series. The concept of the book is to make children aware of safety signs and to obey them. Zoom Boom, the scarecrow assist them in making sure they do.
This is the third book in the Zoom Boom picture book series and this one features Carrie Careless, who just like her name says is very careless, and Zoom Boom, who is always saving Carrie Careless from trouble.
Carrie Careless is always getting into trouble because of how careless she is. She doesn't look before crossing the road, she doesn't read warning signs etc and therefore Zoom Boom has to come to the rescue.
The book shows the importance of how you should always pay attention when crossing the road, walking up and down the stairs etc because Zoom Boom can't come to save you if you don't. The author made it so that the children reading it will remember the messages and know/understand the importance of them.
The book showed what could happen if you didn't pay attention in certain situations by using Carrie as an example. However, luckily for her Zoom Boom was always there to save her.
Despite the great illustrations, this book was my least favourite out of the three therefore I did end up giving it a slightly lower rating. However, I would still recommend this book and the others as they are a lot of fun.
Rate - 3/5
Joel Brown Q&A -
Spoiler-Free Review: Zoom Boom the Scarecrow and Friends (Zoom Boom #1) by Joel Brown -
Be Tidy or Not?
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26895036-be-tidy-or-not?ac=1&from_search=1&from_nav=true
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/Be-Tidy--or-Not-/9780996608329
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26895037-be-careful?ac=1&from_search=1&from_nav=true
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/Be-Careful-Joel-Brown-Garrett-Myers/9780996608336?ref=grid-view
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