Bluey The Pool - Book Review

Bluey The Pool - Book Review


Posted 2021-02-04 by Marisa Quinn-Haisufollow
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As the groundbreaking Australian children's television series Bluey continues to grow in popularity, there is increasing evidence that sitting down and watching the show with your kids can help you become a better parent. Another huge part of Bluey's success can be contributed to Bluey's laid-back and fun-loving father, Bandit. There has been a lot of positive buzz about Bandit and how he is a competent, hands on father, which makes him something of a rarity among other cartoon dads, who are often shown to be neglectful bumbling half-wits who are bad with children. I am a big fan of Bandit. He clearly loves being a father and spending time with his girls which makes him a wonderful role model. But he can sometimes make mistakes which is what we see in the book "The Pool".

The Pool was published on 5 January 2021 by Penguin Books. It is 24 pages long and is based on the episode of the same name. It is summertime and the Blue Heeler family are stuck indoors. Bluey is bored and wants to know what they are going to do today. Her mother, Chili, tells her that they will not do anything until she brushes her teeth. Bluey tells her that is boring. "Boring things are important too," her Mum replies. Bluey disagrees. Bandit runs into the room and tells them all that they should go for a swim in Uncle Stripe's pool. The girls jump up excited. Chili reminds them all not to forget their swim stuff, but Bandit and the girls are already out the door and getting into the car, eager to set off. Bluey tells Dad that Mum is a fusspot who always makes them do boring things. Dad agrees, with a smirk.

When they arrive at Uncle Stripe's house, Bandit realises that he's forgotten all of their swim things. The girls don't have their shoes, sunscreen, rashies, floaties, swim toys, snacks or hats. Bandit tries to make the best of the situation but the pool isn't much fun without all the stuff they left behind. Thankfully, at the moment Chili arrives at the pool, with all of their swim things! The girls are happy to see her and Bandit is overwhelmed with relief. With Mum's help, the girls have a bite of morning tea, and then put on their sunscreen, rashies and floaties and get back into the pool for an afternoon of fun.

I really liked the message in The Pool that boring things can be important too and the strong focus it had on Chili. Bandit gets a lot of positive praise, but Chili can be a good parent as well, and this book really demonstrates that.

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