Monday, January 23, 2023

Review: Jeremy's Big Role by Matthew Silvestri


Genre: Children's 3-7
Published: October 4, 2022
Pages: 32

Jeremy is getting his shot at playing the Big Bad Wolf, and he really wants to shine! But sometimes he finds it hard to get past his stutter. And he’s not so sure what to do if this comes up during stage time. With help from his “pack” – his teacher, family, and friends – Jeremy practices his part. And practices. And practices. Now, the day for the play has arrived, and this Big Bad Wolf is about to find out just how much his pack has his back!

Exploring themes of friendship and the CASEL standards of social emotional development like social awareness and managing emotions, 
Jeremy’s Big Role will blow you away with its charm and insight.

Written in partnership with a tenured pediatric speech language pathologist, 
Jeremy’s Big Role is both a fun story time read and a vetted resource for caregivers looking to have first conversations with young children about supporting peers with a speech disorder.

This title is leveled using both the Lexile and Fountas & Pinnell reading level standards. Backmatter includes tips for caregivers and peers on supporting young people with a speech language disorder, written by Haley Broocks M.S., CCC-SLP of Speech Up Austin!

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

This is a short little story about a boy who stutters, but wants to play a brave wolf in the class production of The Three Little Pigs. The stutter causes some difficulty with his lines and he worries that he's going to mess up on the big day. His parents help him practice and so do  his friends. They reassure him that if he needs help, as his pack they will help. When the big day comes, he gets stuck on his line and howls for assistance. His friends howl back and he gets his line out. I honestly felt like the stuttered p-p-puff made the line better. 

I like how this story shows that a stutter doesn't mean a child can't participate in a play in a major role. There were also several resources listed at the end of the book. 

The illustrations were colorful and smooth. They tended toward pastels, although my review copy on my phone had them all choppy so I can't judge them completely. I'd definitely be okay reading this book a few times, but not day after day. 

Overall I give this book 3.7 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

Formerly an elementary school teacher, Matt Silvestri now writes and edits books for young children. Matt was instrumental in developing a 2016 CODiE Award-winning program for young English-language learners. He co-wrote World of Work, an interactive project about finding, applying, and holding a steady job for students who have special needs. Matt lives in New Jersey with his family.

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