Official Review: Know You're Not Alone

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Official Review: Know You're Not Alone

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Know You're Not Alone" by Stacy Manning Casaluci.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Know You’re Not Alone by Stacy Manning Casaluci is a children’s picture book about two boys who are dealing with their father’s absence. Cory and Kyler are brothers, and their father has left the family to be stationed overseas in the military. The boys worry about him and don’t always know if he is safe, but an unexpected visitor helps them overcome their anxieties and have faith that their father will return.

I really enjoyed how the illustrations in this book made the story both mystical and relatable. The boys are shown living in a castle, but their father wears modern military fatigues and leaves on a warship. I appreciated how the illustrations could help kids see this story both as a little fantastical and as pertaining to their own lives.

The writing in the book was also quite good. The author uses simple, rhyming lines to tell the story. I didn’t find any errors in the book, and the rhymes actually flowed well. I think this would be a good book to read out loud to kids, or an older sibling could read it to a younger child.

Overall, I would rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. There really wasn’t anything I disliked in it, other than that I didn’t want it to end. Of course, the length is appropriate for its target audience, but that just shows how good the story was. I especially enjoyed looking at the illustrations, which helped communicate the characters’ emotions and helped me imagine the setting.

I would recommend this book to parents of kids ages three to seven. Since the vocabulary is fairly simple, it’s appropriate for early readers or could be read aloud to younger kids who haven’t learned to read yet. I will note that a guardian angel does make an appearance in the book, so parents who are uncomfortable with this idea may not want to buy this book. It would be an especially good book for kids of parents who are stationed overseas, but I think it could be relatable for children whose parents travel for work, live in another state, or have another reason that they can’t be around all of the time.

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This is an essential topic in many children's lives. I am glad the author presented it in a child-appropriate way, and the writing was on point. Thank you for this lovely review.

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Reading is essential for intellectual growth,I think this book is not just for children facing similar challenges,any child can read it.Great review.

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This sounds like a good story. I also like that illustrations we're included to make the book more appealing to children. This is a very good review.

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Sounds like an excellent book for kids to learn and connect with. Great review!
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I love children books that deal with mature themes without relying on exaggerated elements but more so genuine human knowledge. Thanks for your review!

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This sounds like an excellent book for children especially with it's illustrations. They are a good way to engage children.Great review!

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Children books are not easy to make reviews on.
I'm glad you were able to make it explicit and straight to the point.
Thank you for an honest review.

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I don't think I've ever seen a theme is mature in a Children's Book, especially one with illustrations. This makes it unique and worth reading.

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Finding the courage in the midst of hopelessness in never an easy task.

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It's so nice to see children's book with special families and revealing that not everyone's "normal" is the same. It seems so fun and intriguing that it brings both realism and fantastical situations together. I think it'd be a lovely children's read based on your review.
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I like that the book teaches kids how to cope with the absence of one of the parents, especially because of work. Thanks for the enjoyable review.

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One think that's very beautiful about this book is the ability of the writer to use illustrations. It has a way of helping kids see the story both as both fantastic and as pertaining to their own lives. Apt review!

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I wouldn't hesitate to pick up this book and start reading immediately. This with the sole aim of relating it to my constituency- the children. Good review

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I like your review of the book. The book seems really nice.

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