A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Lots of word repetition and some challenging vocabulary ("preoccupied," "disciplined") for more advanced readers. Encourages readers to think about how ego affects relationships.
Don't be afraid to make changes to your behavior and outlook. Being humble opens opportunities for happiness and friendship.
Positive Role Models
The Big Cheese shows what listening to others and having humility can do, and shows perspective about priorities.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Big Cheese is the seventh book in the bestselling Food Group series from Jory John and Pete Oswald. It's a funny, warm picture book that reminds readers of the benefits of taking successes in stride and in listening to others. The Big Cheese is full of swagger and sure he'll win the competitions; he sized up newbie Wedge Wedgeman as quiet and easy to beat. Their reactions when things don't go as expected are a lovely lesson in humility, being open to changing behavior that's causing unhappiness, and in accepting others' attempts to grow and learn. The illustrations are an absolute delight -- expressive, exuberant, and full of personality.
Is It Any Good?
This wonderful book is full of small moments of change, and encourages readers to think about their own "aha!" moments where they can make better decisions for long-term happiness. The Big Cheese is a fun read-aloud that can prompt some great discussions about the difference between being confident and being obnoxious, and the power and reward in knowing when to listen and appreciate others. The idea that being loud doesn't mean you're the best (and might make you miss out on genuine friendships) is a good prompt for talking about introverts and extroverts, and the abundant silliness in the story is just plain fun.
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