Parents' Guide to

The World Needs More Purple People

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Cheery call to work and play with all kinds of folks.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 5+

Give them a Fighting Chance

If we need more Purple People in the world, we should first address the One eye'd, One horned, Flying Purple People eaters - So they'll have a fighting chance!
age 4+

Clever, Charming, and Connected

This book is a must read for all early childhood and elementary school readers. It's fun, humorous, and engaging. Kids will love the speech bubbles within the story and the simple step by step how-to guide. The narrator often speaks directly to the audience and her message is spot on for habits I want to teach my students. It has a great message about diversity and cleverly teaches understanding and helping others, activism, and self confidence through everyday kid situations. I'm reading it aloud to my PreK-2nd graders on our virtual storytime next week.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This cheerful take on looking beyond people's differences to work together has cute cartoon art and an enthusiastic narrator to guide kids along. The upbeat message is a bit high concept and muddled, though. Adults will grasp the metaphor of red people and blue people putting their differences aside to work together and get things done, but it will probably sail over kids' heads, unless a parent or caregiver chooses to explain it. But even if they don't get the political implications, young readers will enjoy the images of kids coming together, having fun, and even trying some kid-size activism on for size. It's inspiring and empowering with a light touch.

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