Kids Book Review: Don’t Copy Me!

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Don’t Copy Me
Boxer Books/Sterling Publishing
age 3-5
by Jonathan Allen
32 pages

Synopsis from Sterling Publishing:

“Don’t copy me!” It’s a refrain that’s well-known to children, parents, and caregivers. Now it’s Little Puffin’s turn to say the words as three cheeky gull chicks follow him around, imitating his every word and step. And the more the puffin protests, the more the gulls enjoy their silly game. Can Little Puffin find a way to turn his frustration into a clever plan? With his usual wit and flair, author and artist Jonathan Allen turns a simple concept into a wildly entertaining tale.

As I was reading Don’t Copy Me, I could see my kids make involuntary knowing nods. Yes, this has been an issue all our kids have experienced (and initiated). Reading the story you could see both sides: Little Puffin’s annoyance at being copies and the three Gulls enjoying their fun game. I don’t think, like in most copying games, the Gulls intended to bother Little Puffin; they were just having fun.

Don’t Copy Me is a fun story that addresses a common issue in most homes, helping kids see both sides and perhaps finding a solution. I’m pretty sure I’ll see my kids trying Little Puffins trick to get siblings to stop copying them next time it happens.

You can find a copy of Don’t Copy Me by visiting your local book store or visiting Sterling Publishing. Visit our Kid’s Books section for other great book recommendations. What are you reading with your kids?

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