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School Library Journal11/01/2013
Gr 1–2—These life-lesson books contain rudimentary cartoon artwork and invite children to ponder what they would do in ethically complex situations. For example, readers are asked what Harry should do if he doesn't have any money but wants to give his mom a birthday present. Is it okay for him to pick flowers from his neighbor's yard? Each title features a cookie-cutter character that serves as a stand-in for the children reading the book. Each scenario offers three choices and ends with a flat-footed explanation of which one was best and why. The end of every title includes a "How to use this book" spread, which adds little insight. Most situations, such as being the new kid at school and fear of the dentist, are believable, if bland. Children may find the ethical questions compelling. The fact that each situation only has one right answer is disappointing, as children are likely to skip ahead to read it rather than puzzle out solutions in a more critical way.