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Children's LiteratureLittle Bill and his friends are happily playing the game of "Space Explorers" in a nearby lot. It is plenty of fun until an ad on TV convinces them that they need a new video game that costs $50. The children badger their parents, but Little Bill's parents point out that this is not a very good idea. But one of the children gets the game and so all can play. Turns out it is boring, you can eventually beat it, and that playing outside with your friends and imagination is much better. An open letter to parents makes clear that "want" and "need" need to be discussed in families and that the rewards of creative play outweigh expensive toys. Honeywood's bright and bold colors invite readers into this easy-to-read story. This is part of the "Little Bill Books for Beginning Readers" series. 2004, Scholastic, Ages 6 to 10.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.