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Great idea but fails (a bit) to deliver...
29 February 2016
As with 'Webster's Friend' (for which I have also written a review which is pretty similar - almost identical in fact - to this one because I have the same opinion of it, for the same reasons) I love the idea of this book as a means of introducing younger children to the perils of the internet. However, as with 'Webster's Friend', the problem I have with them is that they just aren't perilous enough.
Obviously having something truly terrible happen to Webster (or to his little sister) as a consequence of his posting her picture would have been totally inappropriate in a picture book pitched at 3 - 8 year olds (and I'd say it's more 3 - 6) but but having the picture actually only circulate around family and friends with again, (like 'Webster's Friend'), the final result seeming to be little more than a bit of a giggle than anything that might make children appreciate the possible negative consequences. There has to be a child appropriate consequence that fits somewhere between the very worst our jaded adult minds can conjure up and the 'Oh: it's just a bit of a jape' impression this gives (and that was the impression of several children in the intended age range I've read it to) and which would better serve the message this appears to want to be.