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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Review: Super Dooper Jezebel

Super Dooper Jezebel is the best girl in the world. She's the sort that can do anything you can do, and she can probably do it better. But that doesn't mean there's a happy ending in store for Jezebel.

I like this story. As an adult, I find it refreshing despite its overt didactic message. Yes, I know, 'refreshing' and 'didactic' seem to be mutually exclusive terms, but I dare say that Super Dooper Jezebel is one of the rare exceptions to the rule.

This picture book was originally published in 1988, yet it is still utterly relevant and has just a smudge of subversive naughtiness to it. Also, the ending is delicious.

I'm not convinced that all parents will agree with the message here; that being perfect (and sometimes obnoxiously so) does not necessarily a lovely person make. I recommend reading the book through before purchasing to make sure it's in-line with your parenting philosophy.

Ross has written and illustrated dozens of books and it's safe to say he knows what he's doing. If your little one is anything like I was, and often feels like he or she is never getting it quite right, then this is a book that will allow for some valuable teaching moments between you.

Title: Super Dooper Jezebel
Author/Illustrator: Tony Ross
Publisher: Andersen Press, RRP is £5.99. (Review copy purchased online for AUD $5.00)
Publication Date: 1st July 2010
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781849390163
For ages: 5 – 9
Type: Picture Book

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