Hey Jack! Series

Book review by
Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media
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Kind boy and sweet stories are great for new readers.

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Educational Value

Words and ideas are simple here, and perfectly address this age group and emerging readers. Words and phrases are repeated, chapters are short, and lessons about kindness and how to treat others are specifically mentioned.

Positive Messages

The themes throughout this series are nothing but positive, and a high value is put on kindness, support, friendship and caring for others.

Positive Role Models & Representations

All the adults around Jack are kind and helpful, and he lives a sweet existence with his loving parents and neighbors.

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sally Rippin's Hey Jack! series is a sweet, gentle read for emerging readers. None of the messages are complicated, and the books focus on being a kind person, supporting friends, and being aware of your own feelings. When Jack has trouble navigating his feelings, his parents and friends are there to help.

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What's the story?

Kindness is everywhere in the Hey Jack! series. From spending time with his best friend Billie or learning to be a good older cousin, to finding out what bravery really is, Jack helps readers navigate their emotions with a focus on positivity. Young Jack goes on fun adventures that readers can relate to, and learns lessons about compassion, kindness, and being considerate.

Is it any good?

Newly independent readers will enjoy these chapter books, which are engaging without being difficult, and the illustrations on every page make trying to read less intimidating. The themes in Hey Jack! are simple, but the stories are fun, with slightly challenging vocabulary and a great look at the emotions kids feel in all kinds of situations.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how everyone in Hey Jack! shows that they care about one another. What do they do when someone is scared or nervous or sad?

  • Jack and Billie are best friends, but sometimes they disagree. What do you do when you and your friends disagree?

  • What other books have you read about good friends?

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For kids who love stories of friendship and empathy

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