A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Stampy's Lovely Book has a very positive tone and no offensive material, but it heavily promotes the popular Stampy Minecraft gaming channel on YouTube and online gaming in general. It boasts about the channel's subscribers and creator Joseph Garrett's online gaming accomplishments, frequently refers readers to the channel to watch specific videos, and encourages readers to create gaming videos and post them online. However, it has a cheerful, warm tone and celebrates friendship and creativity. It includes tips for coaching others on how to play your favorite games and tips for would-be YouTube stars.
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What's the story?
Stampy -- also known as Mr. Stampy Cat or Stampylonghead -- presents a behind-the-scenes peek into his popular online videos set in Stampy's Lovely World, built entirely in Minecraft. Get to know his gaming friends, find out how he develops his videos, answer Stampy trivia, and do simple games and puzzles inspired by the YouTube channel.
Is it any good?
Earnest fans of YouTube star Stampy will love this collection of trivia, easy puzzles, and simple activities, but it's a formulaic package designed to direct kids' attention back to the online world. STAMPY'S LOVELY BOOK is a spin-off of the Stampylonghead YouTube phenomenon, created by Joseph Garrett (Wonder Quest).
It's full of the kind of trivia that appeals only to committed fans: a graph of his new monthly subscribers over a two-year stretch, his online friends' likes and dislikes, and his accomplishments in other video games. The best part is the very brief spread for aspiring YouTubers: Garrett offers basic advice on creating online videos, pointing out that it isn't just fun and games. He describes planning and development and shares practical tips for recording, plus some guidance on mentoring beginners. Padding out the book are a half dozen simple activities you might find on a restaurant place mat -- for example, spot the difference, a maze puzzle, and a word find.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the purpose of books like this. Do you think the book is intended to promote the Stampy videos on YouTube or just add to the experience?
Talk about the beginner checklist and which phrases are encouraging or discouraging. How else could you help a beginner get up to speed? What helped you when you started playing?
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