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Thursday 5 June 2014

Review: Well, I Can Top That!

Brad likes to brag. And not just a little bit. If one of his friends says they fell out a tree and broke their arm, then Brad tells them how he fell out of a tree and broke both arms and a leg — in SIX places!

If someone wins the local hot-dog eating contest by eating 14 hot dogs in 11 minutes, then Brad won the World's Fair hot-dog eating contest in Zimbabwe by eating 24 hot dogs in 6 minutes — and got a gold medal!

Not surprisingly, Brad's friends are tired of his constant boasting. They don't hang out with him anymore; they don't even want to sit next to him at school. But then Brad's teacher gives him a few tips and points out that he really has no need to brag. He's a great kid and if he just showed the others the real Brad, he'd soon find he had real friends.

This is the first book in award-winning author Julia Cook's Communicate with Confidence series, designed to teach kids key communication skills that will help them to thrive at home, in school and in life in general. There is a page of notes for parents and educators at the back of the book that explains why children might brag, as well as good ways to teach them the difference between boasting and self-confidence.

A former teacher and school counsellor, Julia Cook's previous books have covered issues such as peer pressure, teasing and bullying, making friends, accepting 'no', and learning to apologise. For more information on Julia and her books, visit her website.

Title: Well, I Can Top That!
Author: Julia Cook
Illustrator: Anita Dufalla
Publisher: Boys Town Press, $14.95 RRP
Publication Date: February 2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781934490570
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book