Official Review: If It Happen To You, What Would you Do??

Please use this sub-forum to discuss both middle-grade and younger children's books, including picture books, easy readers, and children's chapter books. Topics for books aimed at children 12 and under go in this forum.
Forum rules
Authors and publishers are not able to post replies in the review topics.
Post Reply
User avatar
Posts: 501
Joined: 08 May 2018, 20:44
2019 Reading Goal: 50
2018 Reading Goal: 5
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 0
2017 Reading Goal: 0
Favorite Author: Jude Austin
Currently Reading: Mr Tortoise and Mr Serpent
Bookshelf Size: 446
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Hooyah 2 by Pat Riot
fav_author_id: 165843

Official Review: If It Happen To You, What Would you Do??

Post by ciecheesemeister »

[Following is an official review of "If It Happen To You, What Would you Do??" by Leslie Wilkes.]
Book Cover
2 out of 4 stars
Share This Review

If It Happened to You, What Would You Do?? is a brief, informative book for children by Leslie Wilkes. It covers the basic actions that should be taken in the event of an earthquake or in the presence of a school shooter.

The thing that I like most about the book is its brevity and simplicity. The sentences are concise, and the instructions are easy enough that even young children can understand them. The illustrations are well-executed and help to hold the attention of the reader.

I do not believe that the book was professionally edited. There were several minor errors in the text that I think an editor would have caught.

Although I appreciate what the book hopes to accomplish and think that its approach is effective overall, I found some issues that I feel must be addressed.

On page 21, the author states that the reader should “beware of odors from gas leaks” but does not go on to explain why. I believe that it is essential to explain that one should never use a match or lighter if they smell gas because it can cause an explosion. Further, it should be explained that if one is in an enclosed area and they smell gas, they need to get outside away from the gas because inhaling it can be fatal.

Young children are this book’s intended audience. The book encourages kids to take a first aid kit and go check on their neighbors. This would be an appropriate action for older teens who have first aid training. Young kids should be encouraged to always have an adult or older teen with them. A child should not be expected to render first aid to an injured adult.

On page 31 of the book, the author states that the reader will become “a hero in your community,” ostensibly by following the advice given in the book if an earthquake happens. I feel that this sort of encouragement is unnecessary and even problematic. One should not expect accolades for taking correct action and expecting such is certain to lead to disappointment in life. Children should be encouraged to do the right thing for its own sake, not because it will lead them to be viewed as heroes.

The aforementioned items are not what I disliked most about the book. The aspect that I had the most issue with was the organization to which the author is donating the proceeds of the book.

“100% of the proceeds from the sale of this book will go to WLL Enterprises Inc. WLL Enterprises Inc. is a Non-Profit Organization dedicated to fighting Childhood Obesity.”

I have multiple problems with organizations “dedicated to fighting childhood obesity” rather than with a mission such as fighting childhood hunger or insuring adequate medical care for children. “Obese” is a slur. People branded “obese” are dehumanized and othered. This is difficult enough for an adult, but it is devastating for a child. Being branded “obese” leads to low self-esteem and eating disorders. Many adults look the other way when heavy kids are bullied, justifying their apathy with the belief that shame will encourage the targeted child to lose weight, thus becoming socially acceptable.

One cannot “fight childhood obesity” without desiring the eradication of “obese” children. An approach that encourages eating nutritious foods (and helps children and their parents gain access to a dependable supply of nutritious foods) and encourages enjoyable physical activity (and gives children access to safe places to run and play) without focusing on a child’s weight is greatly preferable to an organization with a mission to “fight childhood obesity.”

My exception to the mission of the organization to which the proceeds of this book are being donated plays no part in my rating of the book. It is, however, the thing that I disliked most about the book.

I am giving the book two out of four stars for the fact that it was not professionally edited and for the problematic aspects regarding the advice on gas leaks, for the advice suggesting that children should be responsible for checking on their neighbors following a disaster, and for the text suggesting that being responsible and helpful will lead children to being seen as heroes.

The premise of this book is commendable and with a little retooling, it could easily become an indispensable guide worthy of a four-star rating.

If It Happen To You, What Would you Do??
View: on Bookshelves
Latest Review: Hooyah 2 by Pat Riot

Posts: 197
Joined: 29 Jun 2020, 09:23
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 35
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: The Fox by M. N. J. Butler

Post by Ify_Reviewer »

The intended message of the author seems cool except that this review is suggesting the presentation should have been better. Thanks for the review.

User avatar
Stephanie Elizabeth
Posts: 2005
Joined: 18 Jul 2018, 15:41
2019 Reading Goal: 40
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 140
Currently Reading: Surviving the Business of Healthcare
Bookshelf Size: 118
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Blue Summer by Jim Nichols

Post by Stephanie Elizabeth »

I think this book would be better suited to preteens or teens. I agree with you that the author should emphasize the importance of having adults close by. Thank you for your honest review.

User avatar
+ godwin_
Posts: 1
Joined: 05 May 2020, 16:00
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 2

Post by + godwin_ »

nice review I think, the author is only trying pull out some nerves here, thats why he only mention the smell of gas, but thank you for making it clear, children needs to learn the danger of gas.

User avatar
Posts: 355
Joined: 18 Jul 2020, 19:55
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 22
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: What's Your Favorite Color? by Amber L Lassiter

Post by Star_and_Buck »

Fantastic review. I now hope to read the book someday. Thanks for great and detailed review.

User avatar
Ada Ling
Posts: 217
Joined: 29 Mar 2020, 17:42
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 15
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Natural Relief for Anxiety and Stress by Gustavo Kinrys, MD

Post by Ada Ling »

Detailed and honest review!

User avatar
Posts: 501
Joined: 28 May 2020, 09:21
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 72
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: The Mountain and The Goat by Siamak Taghaddos

Post by Slater678 »

I like the informative knowledge about earth quakes and school shooting that the book gives. Nice review.

Posts: 33
Joined: 20 Aug 2020, 13:26
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 21
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: The Hand Bringer by Christopher J. Penington

Post by Wycliffe32 »

Good honest review. The book sounds informative if done well.

Post Reply

Return to “Children's Books”