Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Review: I Don't Want to Move by Carolyn Watkins


Genre: Children's 4-8
Published: October 4, 2022
Pages: 35

Yikes! Mom and Dad said we are moving!

When Charlotte's parents announce that the family is moving to a new home, Charlotte is scared.

She does 
not want to leave her friends - or go to a "silly new school."

Join Charlotte on her journey as she discovers what it's 
really like to be "the new kid" in school and how she goes from the new kid to helping others adjust to her new school.

Grab this book and learn how Charlotte becomes the new school ambassador.

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review. 

This is a story about a young girl who has to move to a new house. Now I must confess I'm a little confused about how far from the old house she's moving because in the story, it seems like it's close enough to continue seeing her current friends, but it does land her in a new school. That's a somewhat foreign concept for me because when I moved as a teenager, I couldn't still see my old friends regularly. And yet if we moved three miles away from where we live now, my kids would be in an entirely different school district. In any case, she isn't going to have friends in her new school and that makes her sad. One girl at the new school shows her around and tries to be her friend from the get go, but Charlotte is still sad until another new girl joins the class. Then she makes sure to make her feel welcome so she won't feel the same way Charlotte did. 

The illustrations were bold and Charlotte had beautiful, vibrant red hair. That's what really stood out to me overall from my short time reading the book about the illustrations at least. It was really well done I thought. This book would definitely be worth a read for anyone with smaller children that are facing a move to maybe help ease their fears some. Overall I give it 4.1 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

Carolyn Watkins has a Masters degree in education and is a former elementary teacher and Special Education Assessment specialist. After retiring, Carolyn became a full-time realtor, as well as an accomplished author. Her first book, The Knock, is the recipient of numerous awards.

Carolyn resides in New Hampshire with her husband and three grown sons. Writing continues to be her passion. Her day job is working for Keller Williams Coastal and Lakes & Mountains Realty.

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