BetterNot! And the Tale of Bratsville: Gene Del Vecchio
Children need to understand that showing respect to their elders and their others is important. But, what would happen if you lived in a town where the children refused to listen? What would you do if every time you asked your child not to hit,t lie or steal they ignored your wishes and did as they please? The children of the families in Bratsville were out of control and really needed someone to teach them somr serious lessons in respect, morals and values.
The problems that the parents faced were just the tip of the iceberg. Some children slurped their drinks to the point that you could hardly hear yourself talk or think. Some ate so much food it’s amazing that they never got sick. Others shouted so loud that you could hear them miles away. Children often fight but some were so mean they spent their days hitting others all day. What was worse was the stealing and some even had to learn why they should never lie. What were the parents of these children going to do? Some tried praising them when they followed the rules and behaved. But, that did not always work. Some blamed it on sugary foods while others on violent movies. What about over indulging children and giving them everything they want? No one seemed to be able to handle the problem not even poor Doctor John who tried to teach them right from wrong and you would not believe what these rude children did.
One evening when the parents tried telling their children that they BETTER NOT do things their voices traveled and you will not believe what magically happens next! As the parents chanted BetterNot quite a few times someone heard their plea for help. A purple creature, a ghost by the name of BetterNot was about to come to town and teach these kids lessons they would never forget. Little did the kids know that things were about to change and not the way they think.
Lillyloudmouth was the first to meet BetterNot. She loved calling people names even though her parents explained why that was not nice. So, what does BetterNot do: Check out the mirror that Lilly has in front of her and see what BetterNot does to teach her a lesson. Bullying is wrong and that is a lesson that all kids need to learn especially Patrick the Puncher. Patrick takes pleasure in using people as a punching bag. BetterNot explained and shows him what will happen when you “throw a at others,” it just might come back at you. Larry Liar learns another type of lesson when you do not tell the truth. Rebecca Robber likes to steal and BetterNot shows her what happens when you might have to play alone. Junk food is great but not in excess and poor Jeremy learns what happens what too much sugar and too many treats might turn you into : Well you need to see it for yourself. Sara Slurp loves to slurp her drinks and even adds a rude burp. Wait until you see what happens to her! Picking boogers is gross. You need to see what happens when you pick it and eat it! UGH! Terry Tee Vee is addicted to the television screen. Wait until you see what can happen to your eyes if you watch too much television. By nightfall BetterNot hoped the children learned their lessons and in the morning they would be act with respect and be polite. Did they learn their lessons? Did Jeremy stop eating those sugary treats? Did they play nicely and stop fighting? What about all of the things Rebecca stole? Before leaving Bratsville Better reminded everyone including the adults I hope that manners are important and being polite is the right way to be. So, guys before BetterNot comes to you town or your school I suggest you Better be have and you BetterNot make BetterNot Visit.
Author Gene Del Vecchio hopes to teach children lessons in not lying, stealing, being rude and overdoing it with treats, television and more. The lessons learned are invaluable and I would be curious to see what consequences children would give each of the children in Bratsville if they were asked that question. Teachers, parents, reading groups, guidance counselors and older brothers and sisters can sit with younger children and read this book and explain that the consequences were meant to fit what the child in Bratsville did that was wrong. If they could write a story about anyone of the characters or draw a picture of them doing the wrong thing what would they do to teach them a lesson?
Great concept. Outstanding illustrations that tell the story for younger children who cannot read. So: BETTERNOT is watching you and he hopes that he BETTERNOT have to come to your town.
Fran Lewis: Just Reviews