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by Marisa Quinn-Haisu (subscribe)
My name is Marisa. I am a fiction writer, a blogger, and a freelance journalist.
Published April 15th 2018
The Red Book encourages children to challenge ideas
The Red Book Beck & Matt Stanton
Beck Stanton & Matt Stanton


The Red Book is the third book in the 'Books That Drive Children Crazy' series. It was written and illustrated by Beck and Matt Stanton and published by Harper Collin Books in March 2017. It is suitable for children 4 years and up.

The Red Book has the same premise as This is a Ball. It is written in a way that will drive kids absolutely, totally bonkers because everything in it is wrong. You know it. Your kid knows it. The challenge for you, the adult, is to try and convince your child that everything in the book is in fact correct.



I had an interesting thought when I was reading The Red Book to my three-year-old. I like how these books challenge our children to think for themselves. As the adult, we are in the position of authority in a child's life. We're the one who should have the answers to all of their questions. So should our children just accept our word on things? What if we're wrong? Is it okay for our child to speak up and challenge us?

I encourage the discussion that these books trigger between my daughter and I. I think it's perfectly fine (and even healthy) for her to question if what I am telling her is the truth or not. I want her to have the confidence to express her opinion to me and to challenge me over things she disagrees with.

The Red Book was just as fun as This is a Ball. The only negative thing I can say about it is that it is too similar to This is a Ball. Both books are a lot of fun but I am not sure if it is necessary to own both.
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Why? The Red Book is the third book in the Books That Drive Kids Crazy series. The job of the adult reading this book is to convince their child that everything in it is red.
When: The Red Book is perfect for a classroom or library setting or for a parent to read their child at bedtime
Where: Available from your local bookstore or online retailer
Cost: $10.00 - $19.99
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An interesting concept and a very relevant one in a world dealing with a ride in fake news.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6149) 95 days ago
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