Kid Lit: What Were You Thinking?

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

What Were You Thinking by Bryan Smith

Published on February 1, 2016

Boys Town Press Summary:
Third grader Braden loves to be the center of attention. His comic genius, as he sees it, causes his friends to look at him in awe. But some poor decision-making, such as a few ill-timed jokes in class and an impulsive reaction during gym class that leads to a classmate on the floor in tears, results in Braden’s teachers and mother teaching him all about impulse control. Will the tips provided by the adults in Braden’s life help him see a better way to manage his impulses? Find out in this hilarious story by Bryan Smith.

My Thoughts:
This book was perfect! It was exactly what I was hoping based on the title. It tells the story of Braden, a third grader, who has trouble controlling his impulses. The examples in the book were things my own son has done or would do, so it was very relatable for him and for me. The book lays out 4 simple steps to practicing impulse control. And while it’s not simple to control yourself at a young age, the steps are easy to remember for both the child and the parent. I know we’ll be using this method in our household and returning to this book again and again,

My son got very animated while we were reading this book. I know he struggles a lot with keeping his hands to himself and making good choices, and he was pretty upset about how teachers make it seem so easy, when it’s not. I appreciate that the character in this book is older than my son. It gives us both the understanding that it’s OK that he is still working on these skills. I felt like the book was age appropriate for him (just finishing kindergarten) vs. it seeming like a baby book. It’s certainly not. I would recommend this book very highly to parents and teachers of early elementary age children.

My Rating: 5 stars

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