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Thursday 12 April 2018

Review: Can I Tell You a Secret?

Can I Tell You a Secret? is, as the cover says, a 'tale about being brave and sharing your worries'.

The main character is a young frog named Monty. He's been keeping a big secret.

The secret is that he doesn't like going in the water. He's scared to try and not swimming is a big deal for a frog!

Monty hasn't told any of his family his secret. Instead, he shares it with the reader, speaking directly to them.

As the story progresses, Monty has a conversation with the reader, and ultimately tells his parents his worries. They are not as suprised as he thought they would be.

Monty's parents had already guessed and tell him it's ok, but there's only one way to learn to swim, and that's to give it a go. 

Can I Tell You a Secret? has has both humour and empathy. It doesn't hit you over the head with its message, but the subject is clear and relatable for young children (and possibly older ones, too) -- sometimes you have to face your fears. And when you do, you might discover there wasn't anything to worry about after all.

The story is a good one for beginning readers, as the text is printed in large, bold font and includes repetition.

Monty is an appealing character. He, his family and friends are depicted in cartoon style by Christopher Weyant with just a few simple lines which convey a lot of emotion.

Author Anna Kang's website also has a great downloadable activity kit for older children.

Title: Can I Tell You a Secret?
Author: Anna Kang
Illustrator: Christopher Weyant
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group, $15.99
Publication Date: 2017
Format:  Paperback
ISBN: 9781444926439
For ages: 3 - 7 year olds
Type: Picture book