All too often it’s used to negatively describe strong-minded girls, whereas boys are simply seen as assertive – so when I picked up this book I wasn’t sure what to expect. It turns out that I didn’t need to worry. There’s no gender bias here, just lots of interactive fun.
From the very first page, this book is in charge and you have to do everything it says. If the book wants you to sit up straight then you have to sit up straight. If the book tells you to sniff it then you have to sniff it (and tell it what it smells like). And if it asks you to be quiet then you had better listen – but the book has very good hearing and can even hear your toenails growing so keeping it happy is quite tough!
Ivy loves this book and I think we read it 6 or 7 times in a row when it first arrived. She started off obeying all of the instructions (albeit in fits of giggles) but became increasingly bold and eventually started talking back to it!
The interactive element is great fun but it’s also a useful tool for starting a conversation about the concept of being ‘bossy’. After reading it, we talked about how shouting and ordering people about isn’t an effective way to communicate and also discussed how it feels to be on the receiving end.
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Disclosure: The author provided us with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.