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45

There’s a Big, Beautiful World Out There

children's book / cover image / There's a Big, Beautiful World Out There

Mean dogs can actually hurt you, but fear of being on stage might prevent you from discovering you are a great soloist.

Brief Review

The basic message of this book is positive. It enumerates some scary things to suggest being on stage isn't so bad. However, saying bugs are scary reinforces improper notions, so the basic logic fails. Scary bugs don't make stages less intimidating. The illustrations are so garish and crude that they actually contribute to the sense that things are scary. The author intends well, but good intentions also require good execution.