JoJo and BowBow Take the Stage: JoJo and BowBow, Book 1
By Carrie Kingsley,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
YouTube star gives peppy friendship lesson in series start.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Nothing academic, but there are planning and organization techniques, plus ideas for navigating tough social situations.
Be open to new friendships. Apologize when needed.
Positive Role Models
All the adults are supportive and engage with the kids on their level. JoJo is positive and peppy.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that JoJo Siwa's JoJo and BowBow Take the Stage delivers a slightly better peppy, positive story about friendship than readers might expect from a book by a young YouTube sensation. Amid the glitter and bows and unendingly upbeat story of a young dancer and her friends getting ready for their block party, JoJo shares real lessons about navigating friendships and how to deal with criticism. This first book in the JoJo and BowBow series -- Book 6 comes out in May 2020 -- is just one part of the former reality TV star's entertainment empire -- there are references to her hit songs, the nickname for her fans, and her signature bows -- and it's an affirming, if overly saccharine story.
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What's the Story?
In JOJO AND BOWBOW TAKE THE STAGE, JoJo Siwa's neighborhood is putting on a block party, and JoJo decides to perform her hit song to go along with the face painting, food booths, arts and crafts, and games. With her tiny dog BowBow and best friends Miley and Jacob, JoJo meets two new friends, Kyra and Grace, and the group starts planning the amazing party. But Kyra wants to exclude Grace, and her increased hostility threatens to ruin the block party. JoJo tries to help Grace and stands by her new friend, but it's up to Kyra to make things right again.
Is It Any Good?
Just past the overly peppy writing, references to JoJo's music and fans, and simplistic conversations, there are some strong messages here about friendship, ego, and why people act out sometimes. JoJo and BowBow Take the Stage won't be considered an epic literary work, but young readers likely will connect with her both because of her fame and because they have probably been involved in similar friendship issues. The vocabulary will be a slight challenge for more advanced readers, but the ideas are simple enough for young readers to grasp instantly.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the friend troubles in JoJo and BowBow Take the Stage. Do they seem like things you can imagine going through with friends? What do you like best about the story?
How have your friend groups changed over the years? Why do you think friendships change?
JoJo's dog BowBow never leaves her side. What other books have you read with great pets?
- Author: JoJo Siwa
- Genre: Friendship
- Topics: Arts and Dance, Friendship, Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
- Publication date: November 6, 2018
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 6 - 9
- Number of pages: 128
- Available on: Paperback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: April 21, 2020
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