Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading. 

Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes — wherever young readers and books connect! 

The 98th anniversary of Children’s Book Week will take place May 1-7, 2017.

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By: Carole P. Roman

Illustrated by: Mateya Arkova

Published: October 30, 2016

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform


This children’s book teaches young children how to deal with disappointment and sad feelings. Squirrel thinks he has had the worst day ever because while carrying an armload of nuts, he trips and drops them all into the river. But, his rabbit friend comes over to console him and help him deal with his frustration. By assigning this moment a number from 1-10, Squirrel can capture the scope of the problem and hopefully realize that it isn’t so bad and find the good that came from it. 

By, talking through big issues like parents divorcing or grandparents moving away or pets dying, there are still ways to find the good things and realizing that maybe right away they deserve a big number, but after a bit, the sadness turns into something else. It’s ok to save those 9’s and 10’s for the bigger disappointments, but for the day to day things that are upsetting, maybe a lower number is ok.

The illustrations by Arkova are watercolor-like and show the animals in the forest spending their days with their friends. The author uses onomatopoeias in the story which will make the children laugh, especially if the reader uses inflection while reading them.

Even though the theme is a bit sad, the animals try to find the good after a bad experience and really, that is a good thing to learn as a kid. Many adults have trouble with that concept.

Carole P. Roman

Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of the Captain No Beard series. Both Captain No Beard-An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life and Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis have received the Kirkus Star of Exceptional Merit. The first book in the series was named to Kirkus Reviews Best 2012. Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis has just been named to Kirkus Reviews Best of 2015. Each book in the series has won numerous awards including the NABE Pinnacle Award, ERIK Award for 2013, ForeWord Review Five Star and Finalist in the Book of the Year, and Reader’s Views Children’s Book of the Year 2013, Shelf Unbound Best Series, Back to School Resource Winner, IAN, National Indie Excellence Award, MoonBeam Award for If You Were Me and Lived in…Scotland. She is also the author of the award-winning non-fiction culture series If You Were Me and Lived in…exploring customs and culture around the world. She co-authored Navigating Indieworld: A Beginner’s Guide To Self-Publishing and Marketing Your Book, which earned a 5 Star ForeWord Review Clarion Review. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children and grandchildren. Check out Carole’s website, HERE. To see all the books I’ve reviewed by Roman, click HERE

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I will be linking up this review on Booking Mama’s regular Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. This is a place for bloggers to share posts related to children’s and YA books. You will find spotlights, reviews, and sometimes even giveaways by clicking HERE, every Saturday.

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  1. bermudaonion on May 6, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    I love the idea of "weighting" troubles like that. This looks and sounds wonderful.

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