Book of the Week: Thumb Love

Book of the Week, Children's

Thumb Love by Elise Primavera

Published: Robin Corey Books 2010

Reasons why I liked this book, and chose it at Book of the Week:

First things first – I love the end papers of this book! In the front illustrated people share their own thumb-sucking stories, and at the end, those same illustrated people share their praises of Lulu. There’s even a place to fill in your name, and a place to fill in the age at which you stopped sucking your thumb.

The dedication is pretty awesome – especially if you are or were a thumb sucker.

I love the illustrated, animated thumb (it even has a face and talks)

I love how determined Lulu is – to continue sucking her thumb even after all the opposition and to stop sucking her them after a terrible, teeth sticking out nightmare.

I liked how this book’s plot centers around a very real issue that a lot of kids face. And it handles it in a way that won’t make any thumb-sucker readers feel ashamed of their habit.

Lulu has real spunk, and when she decides to do something – she follows through and actually does it.

From the expert herself – Lulu, the book opens with how to free yourself from the thumb!

I like how this book shows how snickering at, or making fun of someone for any reason is hurtful. And it doesn’t matter if your being snickered at because of thumb-sucking it shows that it’s hurtful under any circumstances.

Lulu is soft-spoken and sweet. While her thumb is outspoken and confrontational – especially when someone asks if it’s time to give up the thumb-sucking.

Lulu invents a “program” to shake her thumb-sucking habit. And get this, it’s a thumb-sucking 12 step program ( there’s no mention that it’s called thumbsuckers anonymous)

It takes a bad dream to make Lulu realize that she’s ready to quit being a thumb sucker, but she decided on her own and on her own terms.

It doesn’t matter if you fail at something, what matters is that you keep trying.

I loved how Lulu had goals, and I think this book illustrates just how important goals are to children, even if adults think they are silly.

As a whole the book is well illustrated, and those illustrations help keep readers involved with the story being told.

Realizing what you will gain is more important and more valuable that what you are losing.

I love how Lulu took what she learned from her own thumb-sucking experiences and helped others kick the same habit. She’s doing her part to make for a better, thumbsucker-less world.