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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
These books are a detailed look at some of the most popular characters in pop culture, but delve well past the superficial into the historical events and creative efforts it took to bring the phenomenon to life.
Series focuses on the ways characters, shows, and artists contributed to society as a whole and had an impact far beyond magazines, malls, and television.
Positive Role Models
While the topics of the books are fictional characters, the real stars on the pages are the artists and entrepreneurs who brought them to life.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the What Is the Story of? series is more than meets the eye. Anyone picking up a book about Scooby-Doo will learn not only about the evolution of the characters and the social impact of the cartoon, but also the worldwide events that shaped the characters' development. The Hello Kitty book is as much about Japanese culture and product development as it is about documenting the tiny feline phenom. The books are surprisingly dense with facts while still being really fun to read, and the focus on the characters' creators reminds readers of their own potential to make their mark on the world.
Is It Any Good?
Like the related series, this one is packed with details that go well beyond the focus of each book but stay grounded in the topic. A look at how Hello Kitty came into being includes information about Japanese society in the mid-20th century, business and social customs, and more. These books are much more than meets the eye, and have a fabulous level of detail for both young readers and adults. There's a lot here to catch the interest of reluctant readers, and more than enough new vocabulary and facts for proficient readers with a variety of interests.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.