As part of a blog tour for Pump Up Your Books Virtual Book Tours I am reviewing two books: Shouty Food & Fitness and Shouty Good Habits.
Both of these books target juveniles 8 and up in an attempt to teach responsibilities for one's health and lifestyle. Each book follows Shouty as he makes mistakes in his diet and life in general and as he corrects them and goes on to do the right thing.
I think these books definitely serve a purpose in a world where these issues need to be addressed with our kids. As a middle-school teacher, I see kids more and more picking up bad habits and paying for it later as an adult. The goal of the books is clear, show students that making good choices regarding their health and lives will pay off and in the long run help you be a happier, more successful, and more fulfilled person.
I like that they are short, if the intended audience is kids it needs to be quick and to the point. Since Shouty is an adult, I wonder if his experiences will really connect with the target audience as much as they would if Shouty was someone their age. Either way, these books make their point and it is effective.
I would think that these would be great additions to school libraries, public libraries, and home book collections.