The story message is incomplete, so it is leading up to sending out a wrong message.
Children should be encouraged to try their best to make the right choice at any time, and not to give up. They should be taught not to give up doing good and not to make the choice to go back to the wrong way.
Alexander has eaten an entire box of donuts, hidden the evidence, and is now facing the consequences in the form of a stomach ache and being grounded for the day. While grounded, he realizes that he doesn't like the consequences and perhaps it would be better to be good all of the time so he doesn't have to face consequences. His parents encourage him to be the best boy ever for a week to start. He does very well although it is very hard for him. But by the end of the week, thinking about being good for the rest of his life has given him a stomach ache. He opts for a repeat of a box of donuts and the consequences.
The illustrations are done in black and white except for Alexander himself. They are very well done and enjoyable to look at.
I really liked the story at the start. I liked how Alexander decided to try avoiding consequences by making better choices. But the one thing I did not like is Alexander was not encouraged in his journey to make better choices. His family and his teacher discouraged his attempt and decided he was doomed to fail. They never told him that little boys were not expected to be perfect and they were expected to make mistakes. Instead it was an all or nothing scenario and by the end Alexander decides he failed at and would never attempt again. Never is Alexander praised for the good things he has done and the good choices he makes. I get that this is from the kid's perspective, but it is missing a few elements that could have made it a good message.
Quite wordy, I would recommend it for older children.
libraryeee thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 7
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