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If A Peacock Finds A Pot Leaf Paperback – April 18, 2013
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover,"" illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Pre-order today
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Medicinal cannabis can help some people who take chemo drugs, or who have AIDS but the majority of people use it as an excuse just to get stoned. I am pro-decriminalization and I think they should legalise it like they have in Spain for use by adults privately in their home; but cannabis is not something that needs to be promoted to children in a book geared towards them.
I just can't believe that a parent would buy this book in hopes to educate their child. If that is your hope, this book isn't it. If your purpose is to have a laugh with your adult friends, this book could probably do it.
Please don't use this for educational purposes. The drawings are cute, and I appreciate the idea, but it's not giving good information. Really this is only useful perhaps as a funny gift for a pot smoker.
Edit: Lowering my rating a star as I discovered the author's mother is the illustrator--I thought they were cute because they were done by a kid. Also I simply can't believe the amount of people who are supporting this book on Facebook and the like...it's honestly making me sad because kids should definitely be educated about marijuana, but this is simply not educational. People are clearly giving it good ratings just because it's about pot. I would never let a kid read this...they would just be more confused.
I think the people who made the book should try to better align the pages. It makes it somewhat cumbersome to read. Also, they should get better editing. Sometimes it's very hard to understand.
In terms of the content, it explains that marijuana can be used to treat various conditions such as glaucoma, pain, migraines or various psychiatric illnesses. However, I think the book's presentation is biased towards marijuana use instead of mere education.
There is one scene in the boom that should be toned down a bit, the recreational scene is way too over the top. I'm not personally offended but I'd never want a kid to read that, in a book that claims to be purely educational.
I purchased it out of curiosity since the art seemed interesting. I would suggest to the authors to spend more time on editing the book's layout, fixing grammar mistakes and better researching medical marijuana use. I could see this becoming a decent book with more cleanup put into it.