Book Review | Liking Myself & The Mouse, the Monster and Me
Author: Pat Palmer
Boulden Publishing is proud to release Pat Palmer’s Liking Myself and, The Mouse, the Monster and Me. These bestsellers have been given an update and include revised content so that it even more relevant to children today. These books were created to promote essential social and emotional skills through “engaging activities, discussion topics, illustration and narration.” I appreciate the attention given by the author to promote children’s self esteem and develop personal responsibility. My own four year old daughter has had much difficulty asserting herself (she is a mouse) and her feelings to her brothers. After reading, The Mouse, the Monster and Me together we talked about ways she could assert herself when she is angry at her brother by talking about, “What would a Mouse say?” vs “What would a Monster say?” I was worried that she might be too young to understand the content of what we were reading but you should have seen her put it into practice! When her brother teased her by taking her favorite pillow and hiding it, I heard a firm booming voice command that he “respect her things and return her pillow immediately so that we can still be best friends.” Amazingly, he shrugged his shoulders and said, “Fine….take it back then.” She was grinning from ear to ear because she was so proud that she had handled this all by herself for the first time. The illustrations by Sue Rama are delightful and whimsical and really elevate these books to bring the messages to life.
Liking Myself is an equally important book for all children by promoting self esteem and it tackles the much needed topic of bullying. I really appreciate that this book addresses the full range of emotions experienced by children and helps teach ways to manage feelings such as anger, sadness, anxiety and/or depression without hurting others in the process. I have watched my six year old son try to put into practice several of the techniques we talked about from this book when he is angry at his younger siblings. Before we read this book, Adam would get angry or frustrated and lash out verbally and occasionally physically towards his siblings. I recently heard him stop himself from yelling and calmly informed his younger brother that he was “angry because you don’t give me any time to play by myself” and then said, “you need to give me five minutes then I will let you come play with my cars with me.”
I anticipate these two books will be quite dog eared from use over the next few years in our household. I highly recommend this book series by Pat Palmer, Ed. D. You can learn more about these two titles or purchase Liking Myself and, The Mouse, the Monster and Me by visiting the Boulden Publishing website.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*