Monday, September 17, 2012

Children's Book Review: Stuff by Margie Palatini

Title: Stuff

Author: Margie Palatini
Illustrator: Noah z. Jones

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Date: September 11, 2011

About The Author
Margie Palatini is the author of many outrageously funny books for children. She lives with her family in New Jersey.

Too Much Stuff
Edward had all kinds of stuff.  His house was full of stuff.  His friends no longer came to visit Edward because his house was packed full of his stuff. He wanted to spend time with the stuff instead of his friends.

One day a big truck drove down the street in front of Edward's house and caused it to shake. All the stuff in the house collapsed and trapped Edward inside. He had a tiny space to stay that was surrounded by stuff.

Edward's friends were worried about him. They dug through the stuff in the house and found Edward dazed and alone. Edward finally decided to get rid of the stuff.

Edward's friends helped him clean out his house. They sold, donated and trashed "stuff" until it was all gone. Edward had his house back!

My Thoughts
Is it possible for children to be hoarders?

There has been an abundance of publicity on the subject of hoarding over the past several years. I wrote a book review on the book "Secret Lives of Hoarders" by Matt Paxton last year. Mr. Paxton is the star of the A & E Reality Show "Hoarders".  He believes that compulsive hoarding is a mental disorder.

I believe that children must be taught to organize their stuff. They must learn how to keep the things that are most valuable to them and discard the things that they no longer use.

"Stuff" is an excellent book to share with children of all ages. The story is humorous and fun. Things take a serious turn when Edward chooses his stuff over relationships and experiences with his friends and family.

Life is about choices. This book will teach children that it is nice to have "stuff", but friends and good times are so much nicer. Highly recommended.

My Rating: 5 Stars Out Of 5

FYI ~ I check-out the print version of this book from my local public library.

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