Random books tend to come my way, and this one randomly stumbled upon me. A friend gave it to me, saying I should give it a read and I figured… why not? It looked to be pretty cool (and it appears to be indie.. not many reviews are around of it!).
First of all, the illustrations are awesome. I love how bright and colourful they are! It makes the book more engaging and draws me in even before I start reading it (yes, I know… don’t judge a book by it’s cover… but the cover is awesome!).
This is not your typical picture book. It has paragraphs of text and is very intellectual. It’ll make you think and learn, which I like! At first, I thought it might be a cute and small picture book, but it isn’t at all! iAmMoshow is a rapper who raps about cats and spreads positivity. He’s already on my good side with that comment alone. This book helps teach you about hardships being apart of life, but we can learn to get through them and put new tools in our tool belts to better deal with the negativity in the world.
iAmMoshow’s recommendations are the kind of inspiration I needed. This book is great for pre-teens and teenagers wanting a fun, colourful and engaging book. Adults will love it too, but it feels like the audience for this book is middle grader through high school age. It’s definitely the kind of book I would have wanted to read back in my high school days. Cats, inspiration, positivity and bright colours. Yeah, that fit my high school vibe well!
Taking a deep breath, listening to silence, looking at the world from an outsider point of view, and learning about yourself are some great words of wisdom our friend here discusses. He goes into them in a wee bit more detail than my summary here, but the are all great ways to start out learning about life’s crappy times. Add in that each page has an adorable cat illustration, and you’ve made it more fun for me to read!
This book also has a few pages of helpful resources that ARE TRULY SOMETHING IMPORTANT. A lot of books like this don’t provide additional resources for help – like numbers to national hotlines and websites to help. THIS BOOK IS A GEM AND NEEDS MORE ATTENTION. That is all.
Overall, this book is fabulous. It’s a great inspirational read with motivational quotes out the wahoozie (yes, that’s a word now – deal with it). I can easily see counsellors, educators, parents and guardians using this book as a stepping stool to help young readers learn how dealing with life’s difficulties. Seriously, this kind of book is what I needed in high school to understand how to deal with the crap life can throw at us. Life gets hard, but we don’t have to let it be hard. We can learn to grow and prosper!
Five out of five stars! I love this book and I highly recommend it.
Looking for more non-fiction books? Well, why not hit up these blogs for more self-help and non-fiction reads:
Unmuted: Stories of Courage and Resilience from the GenPRIDE Community by Steven Knipp et al.
To Wendy’s With Love: The 22 Year Lunch by Diane Keyes
Life Seemed Good, But… by Richard Bell
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