HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Peanut’s Mistake
Author: Karen Kilpatrick
Illustrators: Tara Louise Campbell and Matthew Wilson
Publisher: Nina Charles LLC, 2015
ISBN-13: 978-1938447181 Hardcover
ISBN-10: 1938447182 Hardcover
ISBN-13: 978-1938447143 Softcover
ISBN-10: 193844714X Softcover
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 3-8
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Kilpatrick, Karen. Peanut’s Mistake (published in 2015 by Nina Charles Publishing, 9924 N.W. 65th Mnr., Parkland, FL 33076). What should you do when the sign hanging on the wall says, “No running inside!”? Peanut the puppy is chasing a ball. “Go, go, go! Peanut’s not slow! Where is that ball? Over there! Uh Oh….” As a result, a vase, a doll, and some books fall down. Then Carmin comes in, doesn’t see the mess, trips, and gets her new dress dirty. How should Carmin and Peanut react? Can they just deny it? Run away? Hide it? Ignore it? What will they do? Peanut’s Mistake is part of the award-winning Pumpkinheads series of books which focus on social and emotional development and aim to help little ones build awareness of their feelings, along with learning from and interacting with others.
The gentle, rhyming story about Peanut and Carmin, which will be released in October of 2015, will impress youngsters with the importance of understanding the consequences for not obeying the rules, taking responsibility for one’s actions, and learning from mistakes. And it is nicely illustrated with the colorful artwork by Tara Louise Campbell and Matthew Wilson which will catch the eyes of children. Author Karen Kilpatrick is a mom and an attorney whose passion for entertaining and teaching young children led her to create Pumpkinheads. Other titles in the series include Brave Ballerina; Maybe, Xavy?; Try Again, Cameron!; Let’s Play Together!; Sage’s Song; Ella Shares; Danza’s Message; and Imagine. A fun way to impart some valuable lessons!