Over the years, I have developed a bit of a belly. When I see my old friends, they usually like to point it out within the first ten minutes. At this point in my life (secure in my skin with a great wife, awesome kid, and world-renowned blog), I could care less. But a younger me might not have been so sure...
*Attacks some of the most common childhood insults: wealth, race, weight, height, vision-improving accessories
*Mixes in a few wacky, off-the-wall topics to lighten the mood around the more serious stuff
*Using a dog and cat switching food bowls to symbolize sharing was a nice touch
*The last page says it's okay to dream big -- this is probably the best way to finish this hardbound collection of thoughts, but it's not really an ending to a book
*Maybe I'm wrong, but the illustrations (which aren't bad by any stretch) seem like the type of thing you would use when putting together a parody of a children's book
*It is never okay to put a fish in your hair
ONE DAD'S OPINION
Kids can be cruel. Todd Parr's board book performs a valuable service in innocently teaching them early that it's not a bad thing to be different. This one fact alone makes the book better than OK. But, I can't quite call it a Buy since it's not a true story. I see it as more of a reference tool for the young ones in your life. Put it on the shelf next to their first dictionary, thesaurus, and/or copy of "An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory."