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By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Warm story of individuality and achieving a perfect splash.

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age 3+

Based on 1 parent review

age 3+

Fun and Meaningful

My 5 year old loved how silly this book is and connected with the message about being yourself. He loved that the child at the end creates a silly and sparkly costume to help him succeed at his cannonball. The illustrations are also great, with a hidden octopus on each page that my kids found before I did.

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Is It Any Good?

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Beyond this book's inspiring message of individuality and persistence, there's a rhythm to the writing here that amplifies the message and makes the text more accessible to early readers. Nan's advice to listen to the voice inside and not to rely on others for a solution is reassuring, and there's a sweet sadness to the scene where he's curled up on her lap, disappointed. Cannonball's colorful pages and perfectly captured facial expressions and transport readers to the end of the diving board (or on a rock, a branch, or play structure), where they can relate to finding the courage to jump -- and hoping for an epic landing.

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