Tuesday, September 11, 2012

My Mouth Is a Volcano! by Julia Cook

Julia Cook has done it again with yet another tale to add to the list of top 10 books for 5 year olds. It’s entitled “My Mouth is a Volcano!” – A story that revolves around interruption and how adults can teach their children to deal with feeling the need to interrupt. Illustrated in beautiful detail, this book features a cover photo of a little boy – his mouth open wide to spew forth a magma-like outpouring of words. While Cook’s illustrated covers are known to shock and awe, the interior tale is even more surprising.

Is this book appropriate for my child?

Does your offspring have a problem with interrupting when someone else is speaking? Is he perplexed as to why he should wait his turn when talking? Does she often blurt out exactly what is on her mind, despite the conversation others might be having? If those answers would be a resounding “YES!” then this book would likely help your child. The premise of the story focuses on Louis; a little boy who gets ridiculously excited about everything he has to say – which is a lot! He describes his words as living things that wiggle and jiggle against his teeth until he simply must push them out – every word tumbles out on the tip of his tongue during the most inopportune times. He describes it as an ERUPTION, where his teachers and other adults describe it as interrupting.

Louis works hard throughout the 32 pages to gain control of his volcanic mouth. Towards the end of the book, he finally develops an effective technique that allows him to speak his mind without being rude when others are talking too. It’s a creative and beautifully illustrated book, rife with the lessons that children will utilize for the rest of their lives.

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