5 out of 5 stars
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I Respectfully Disagree: More Adventures in Gigglyville is a children's book written by J.E. Laufer and illustrated by Lauren Ackerman. This book explores the "agree to disagree" concept. A part of the Gigglyville series, it continues to feature Arthur Fish, Shrilly, and B.K. (Be Kind) Bear, while introducing Lola the Ladybug and Sam the Square. It's a standalone read, though. The book presents various viewpoints of the characters, and we see that they disagree with each other openly. Other characters are adamant in their opinions and have "my way or the highway" attitudes. They give threats and ultimatums, demanding that their friends agree with them or else!
There were several things I liked about this book. It is a short, quick read; children will not stretch their attention spans to enjoy it. There were two lines (sentences) per page, with some pages having only one sentence and others illustrations only. The lines were also ending in rhymes, giving it a musical quality. The illustrations are also colorful and visually appealing, covering most of the pages. All this makes it ideal for the intended audience—children.
What I liked most was the value this book instills in children. Children will learn how to deal with differences and be aware that having a different opinion is not necessarily bad. They will discover that people can have different viewpoints, find a middle ground, and learn to disagree respectfully.
Overall, I didn't find anything to dislike about this book. There were no errors, meaning it was perfectly edited. Therefore, I am glad to give it the highest score of five out of five stars. I greatly enjoyed it, and I look forward to reading more from the author.
I highly recommend it to children from the age of 3 years onwards. Parents, guardians, and educators will also benefit from the book and use it to explore this theme with the children. I Respectfully Disagree can make a child assertive and confident with their opinions without feeling guilty or necessarily hurting others.
I Respectfully Disagree
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