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Book Review: The Little Bit Scary People 

Published April 7, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

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One of the values I hope to instill in my kids is to reserve judgment until you really get to know someone. But it can be difficult to teach this important lesson without getting overly pedantic or complicated. 

I recently came across a picture book that addresses the topic playfully.

The cover of The Little Bit Scary People, written by Emily Jenkins and illustrated by Alexandra Boiger, depicts a large, mean-looking shadow looming on the street. The image piqued my 4-year-old son's interest, while the "little bit" in the title assured him the book wouldn't be super frightening. 

In the story, a young red-headed girl encounters a long list of "shady" characters, from a mohawked punk rocker boy to a persnickety bus driver to a strange classmate who munches on her pencil and mutters to herself.

But as soon as we're introduced to each person, we find a different view, on the following page, of who they really might be.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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About The Author

Alison Novak

Alison Novak

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Alison is the former managing editor at Kids VT, Seven Days' parenting publication and writes about education for Seven Days.

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