BetterNot! And the Tale of Bratsville opens unexpectedly, in a "small town with deep swamps all around…a strange, eerie place…" : the perfect introduction to invite kids ages 4-8 to embark on a journey that pairs a rollicking rhyme with the tale of a town where the kids are just out of control.
Roderick Fong's drawings add a realistic but fun touch to accompany the story of a town gone wild … as indicated by its name, Bratsville.
Neither threats nor punishment works with these kids: what will? Perhaps a touch of magic is needed!
Teaching basic morals and manners in a picture book is quite a trick if the end result is to be entertaining and thought-provoking to truly reach kids. The tendency in many picture books which attempt this goal is a preachy tone: but not here.
Under Del Vecchio's hand the town comes to life, the dilemmas of frustrated parents are neatly charted, and the solution lies in an unexpected route involving one BetterNot. It's a challenge to take this message in a new direction; but BetterNot! And the Tale of Bratsville succeeds by using a powerful blend of color illustration and written word that deftly hones in on unacceptable behaviors and extraordinary solutions. Parents using this for read-aloud will be delighted by the story's fresh, vivid approach which features many unexpected moments, making it a top, highly recommended read!...Continua