What a Bragger!, written by Lee Ann Mancini, and illustrated by Dan Sharp, is a charming children’s story. It shares a sincere message sure to entertain even the youngest tikes.
“I have more sand toys than anyone,” she bragged. “I can swing the highest and climb the fastest, and I can blow the biggest air bubble.”
The story opens with several sea creature friends playing at Beneath the Sea Play Park. Melissa the blowfish tends to brag about having the best and biggest of nearly everything. This annoys her friends, understandably so. They know what she is saying isn’t true. Will everyone abandon their friendship with bragging Melissa, or will they find a way to join together and make her feel part of the group?
There isn’t a single thing I don’t like about this paperback book. It’s colorful, creative, shares a beautiful message, and pulls at the heartstrings. I love the underlying themes of love, acceptance, and the importance of having Jesus in our hearts. Impulse decisions are often ones we regret, and teaching this at a young age will surely make the desirable impression.
The last page prompts the reader to go back and search for the Christian fish symbol (ichthys or ichthus) on each page. What a subtle way to get children to focus on the illustrations as they read the story. Perhaps they’ll even ask questions as to why it is there, or what it stands for.
What a Bragger! is a captivating, memorable story with a meaningful moral. The dialogue is genuine and the character portrayals are adorable. Each page is fully illustrated with colorful drawings, and the narration is easy to navigate. What’s not to love?
This is a great addition to any child’s, childcare worker’s, or Sunday school teacher’s library, and makes a lovely, thoughtful gift.
Publisher: GLM Publishing LLC
First lines: It was a wonderful day at Beneath the Sea Play Park. Melissa was playing in the sandbox with her friends.
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