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More for adults than for children- and certainly not for Charlie & Lola fans!,
This review is from: Clarice Bean: What Planet Are You From Clarice Bean? (Paperback)
Since my child loves Charlie and Lola, I bought this book as well, thinking it would be in the same style. Well, graphically it is, but the story is far too complicated for a toddler! "Charlie and Lola" can already be enjoyed by the age of 2, if only for the pictures and not the story, but this book is not for children under 3. The storyline is much more complicated and, quite frankly, a bit too much- I mean, how many children do YOU know who'll have a sit in with their family to save a tree? It would be much more useful for children to show them concrete ways to save the planet, i.e. how to recycle and what happens with the recycled things, donating clothes to charity shops etc.
I was also astonished about the language in the book- Charlie is always very nice to Lola, no matter how annoying she might be at times, but here Clarice Bean is annoyed about a boy called Robert Granger whom she ignores and speaks in a derogatory manner about him. The reader never finds out what's so annoying about this boy, and I find it strange to see such a behaviour in a children's book- after all, you want your child to treat other children nice as well even more so if there seems to be no reason not to like them.
The adults featured in this book look all a bit frightening- they only smile once and the mother even looks a bit mean sometimes.
If I would look for a book for toddlers about the environment, it would certainly not be this one- as I mentioned, it doesn't give the reader and concrete tips on what to do or how to do it. The story is not very interesting as well, and I've seen better graphics by Lauren Child.