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Good Lessons to Be Learnt About Taking Responsibility for Your Own Actions Through the Storyline
on December 5, 2012
I Double Dare You does a good job of teaching kids that they have to take responsibility for their own actions and they can't just blame some other kid for their own dangerous or stupid actions and behaviour just because they applied a bit of peer pressure such as saying I dare you or double dare you. The storyline itself does a great job at teaching this lesson although the very similar names of Silly, Sassy, and Sammy gets a bit confusing as to who is which. However the story also teaches them it's okay to annoy native wildlife (I'm assuming the racoons, squirrels and beavers are supposed to be human just in animal bodies) such as grabbing frogs from the river and forcing them to race for their own entertainment. In fact the author further condones this message with their questions at the end Have you ever had frog races like Sammy and his friends? Did your frogs win or lose? Did you have fun? Not a good thing to do for the frogs welfare and also dangerous for the friends as to what other animals they could come across that have better means of defending themselves than the frogs or dangers such as falling in the river, especially since one can't really swim.
I also found the illustrations to be a bit average. Granted painting like the artists have would be a lot harder and more time consuming than your standard illustrations but some of the illustrations just looked blurred or smudged in parts and others just look really average. If this was an art project the pictures would make more sense but in a children's picture book, they are not really up to par. To the publishers credit the book is formatted properly for Kindle devices with the words and text appearing together on the one page like they would a hard copy book. Unfortunately this has yet to become the norm for Kindle picture books.