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Post by Mallory Whitaker » 28 Aug 2019, 15:32

[Following is an official review of "Kids It's Ok To Scream Out Loud To Get Away From A Pedophile Person" by Helena Battle.]
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2 out of 4 stars
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At some point, most parents teach their children about pedophiles, child abusers, and predators. What's the best way to go about doing this? My brothers and I got this information from watching Unsolved Mysteries with my mom. I'd strongly advise against this unless you want your children to grow up into adults who have panic attacks when a white van is parked next to them in a parking garage.

Thankfully, Helena Battle offers a different method in her children's book: Kids It's Ok To Scream Out Loud To Get Away From A Pedophile Person. The primary objective of this book is to educate and empower children. She starts by defining several terms; such as "pedophile," "private parts," and "secret." She builds on these definitions in paragraphs about who pedophiles, child abusers, and predators may be - from a stranger to someone you love and trust. She drives many of her points home through repetition; the repetitiveness is intended to help children remember it better. Throughout the book, she repeats a set of "instructions." The instructions include things such as: "It's ok to fight back"; "Tell your parents"; and "Don't keep painful and agonizing secrets." Finally, she gives several examples of the kind of tricks these types of people play. For instance, she warns children not to help strangers who approach them about a missing pet.

She stresses her instructions throughout the book with text and images. The images are stick figures or boxes of text (like the ones you'd create in Microsoft Word). I imagine they were done this way because detailed images about this subject matter could be unsettling for children. I still feel like they could have a bit more of a professional feel to them. Not only are they bulky, but the bright colors look odd against the pear-colored background. Aesthetically, this book wasn't all that great.

I'm not sure what age group should read this book. Most of the scenarios involve a child being old enough to be out by themselves; others could involve younger children. The advice given could be useful for children of any age. The heavy-handed repetitiveness would rule out older children because I think they'd zone out. I think it would be most beneficial for elementary school students.

The author constantly tells the reader that she is trying to empower them. She tells them how special they are and that these people are trying to take advantage of their goodness. She wants them to know that they should never be ashamed; none of this is their fault. The best way forward after an encounter that felt uncomfortable or wrong is honest communication with your parents, grandparents, principal, etc. These kinds of positive messages were my favorite part of the book.

While I wish I could rate it higher because it really does have some great information, I'm giving it 2 out of 4 stars. This book needs some editing; there were far over ten errors; these included missing words, spaces in the middle of words, and incorrect punctuation. I also think the aesthetics could be significantly improved. I read the PDF version, so it might look different in its other forms. Additionally, I think the book could be greatly improved if the author narrowed down their target audience to a specific age range. The maturity required for comprehension doesn't seem to match the maturity of the presentation. I think it would be better if it was shorter to help young readers maintain interest.

As it stands, I recommend this book to parents who want to talk to their children about pedophiles, predators, and child abusers. Even if they don't read it to their children, they can pick up some helpful lessons from it.

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Post by Michelle Fred » 30 Aug 2019, 04:08

The author does have a good message, but the presentation leaves a lot to be desired. I hope she makes the necessary corrections. Great review.

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Post by kandscreeley » 30 Aug 2019, 16:50

I just feel like there's a better way to warn children than this book. As it is, it's definitely not going to hold a child's attention. I'm not the proper age for the book, but thanks.
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Post by Bhaskins » 30 Aug 2019, 21:13

Sounds like a decent message, but a failed delivery.
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Post by Wanjugush » 30 Aug 2019, 23:43

Such a great book with an important message. This is a book for everyone including guardians. Great review.

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Post by KDJ » 31 Aug 2019, 09:46

Thank you for your review. This is a good topic to empower children. Parents and especially newer parents and guardians to younger kids(maybe 5 to 10 yrs) may find it helpful when explaining these potential threats. Hopefully, we will see another better edited version in the future. Thank you for your review.
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Post by Amenrodion » 02 Sep 2019, 11:04

In today's world where child sexual abuse is increasing, I feel a book with pertinent information on the subject should be a must-read for parents. I will definitely be reading this book

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Post by Laila_Hashem » 03 Sep 2019, 14:51

The book has a very unique and interesting plotline. Unfortunately, spelling errors are something I could never tolerate when reading a novel so I probably won't add it to my reading list. Thanks for the great review!

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Post by 1deannajv » 05 Sep 2019, 12:28

Thank you for the review. I have a young child and have been talking to her about body safety since she was two. It's hard to find an age appropriate book for her on the subject. So I read books and articles directed towards parents then I use the information to teach her about this sensitive subject. I wish I could find an age appropriate book since she learns best through reading. And this book sounds like it had good intentions but was poorly edited especially visually. If a revised edition comes out then I will read the book.

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Post by Wyland » 08 Sep 2019, 00:37

I like how the writer brings to bear on the important issue of pedophiles and their evil behavior of preying on children. Thanks for the insightful review.

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Post by Aniza Butt » 10 Sep 2019, 06:13

Much needed book but sadly it is full of errors. Still i hope it would be helpful to warn children about these predators.
Thanks for the review.
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Post by Lizzieitalia » 10 Sep 2019, 19:55

Great review, especially your opening paragraph. Definitely an important topic but it seems this book fell a little short. Also the title seemed almost comically long.

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