A good friend of mine, Stephanie Wright, asked me if I could do a book review of a new children’s book she recently helped out with as editor and art director. Of course I couldn’t say no! We love to read around here, so we jumped at the opportunity at reading a brand new book!
The book is called “Smarty Pad’s Had Enough! No More Pink!”, written by Donna Marie Shaffer and Illustrated by Stephanie Helgeson. The book is geared towards younger kids between the ages of 5 to 9, and is about a smart pad/tablet that is tired of all the pink princess movies that Emmalynn (the little girl in the story) likes to watch. Smarty Pad decides to boycott and takes over his own operating system, refusing to put anymore pink on the screen. The story is about the funny exchanges the little girl has with her boycotting tablet.
As a mother, I felt the book was very cute and definitely appropriate for my young kids. There were three things I really loved the most about this book. First, I loved that the book has a page of definitions to help kids who may not understand some of the terms in the book. These definitions included words like “operating system”, “incessant”, and “wince”. Since I homeschool you can imagine this makes me happy! Before we even read the book we spent some time learning the different terms and what they meant (thanks for helping us with our vocabulary skills today, Donna!). The second thing I really liked about this book was that at the end there’s a letter from Smarty Pad to the readers teaching kids about internet and technology safety. With the way the world is today, this was an excellent reminder to our kids that they need to play it safe at all times, even if something looks or sounds kid friendly! Third, I thought the artwork was incredible! The pages are so bright and colorful so it keeps the kids engaged the entire time. Is it just me or are a lot of children’s books these days kind of slacking in the visual department? NOT this book!
Overall, I thought the book was cute! It’s definitely worth the price and I think that both boys and girls alike will find it entertaining. Want to know what my kids thought of the book? Catch out our latest periscope stream here where they give their own review of the book (beware – I had just woken up, was still working on my coffee, and looking like a hot mess here! Just keeping it real, right?)
You can purchase this book for yourself by clicking on this link. If you do purchase this book, please email my friend Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org, let her know you found out about this book through my blog, and she will send you a cute bookmark for free!
*Please note, I did not receive any kind of compensation for this review. I did this to help a friend and this review is the honest truth of how I felt about this book (I don’t do fake y’all!). If you have a book or other product you’d like me to review for you here on my blog, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.