Quick as a Cricket, Paperback

Quick as a Cricket Paperback

Illustrated by Don Wood

Part of the Child's Play library series

4 out of 5 (1 rating)


A celebration of a child's growing self awareness, and a prime example of how books can contribute to this.

Whether brave or shy, strong or weak, in the end the young boy celebrates all different, apparently contradictory parts of himself.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32 pages, 32 colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Child's Play International Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: General
  • ISBN: 9780859533065



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I loved this book. It is a wonderful book full of colorful illustrations that are very detailed. This book has a great message which is that children can be whatever they want. They can be "as quick as a cricket, or as slow as a snail." As "loud as a lion or as quiet as a clam." It doesn't matter what characteristics a person possesses, those characteristics are what make a person unique and who they are. This book was like an "All About Me" book because the boy describes all of the different characteristics that he has. I liked how this book was all about comparisons using similes. This makes the book easier to understand for the younger kids because most of them know what the different animals are and what they do, so comparing someone to the animals would make it easy to understand. One thing that I also like about this book was that the author used opposite adjectives to describe the boy, like quick/slow, loud/quiet. This shows that a person can be both of these things and that they don't have to be just one. This is a great book that helps encourage kids to look at all the good things about themselves and to not be ashamed of them.