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Reviewed by Amanda Schafer

In Life of Shouty: Good Habits, we see that Shouty is a boy with very bad habits. He doesn’t clean up after himself, he doesn’t care for his teeth, he lays around watching TV and eating junk food, and he always says he’ll “do it tomorrow” when he sees things that need to be done. Shouty has a problem with laziness! He sees the problem, but just doesn’t want to do the things it takes to be better.

He feels overwhelmed and struggles with the temptations to just let things go. Finally, Shouty decided to just take things one step at a time and came up with goals that were easy to reach. He looked at that list of goals each day and figured out that if he worked a little at a time, he could succeed.

In Life of Shouty: Food & Fitness, Shouty has corrected some of his bad habits, but he begins to realize that he has made bad choices with food and has not been physically active. He starts to gain weight and knows that if he would eat healthy and exercise, he would lose the weight. But he just doesn’t want to part with his junk food! He craves the food at weird times of day. It’s just so hard to give up bad habits!

Again, Shouty sees that if he wants to take care of his body he will have to take it one day at a time. He makes goals for each day and decides that for that day, he will do better and make better choices. Before long, Shouty is on his way and is doing better physically.

Both of these books are a great way to show children that we are responsible for our own decisions. And when we see that we’ve made bad decisions, we are responsible for correcting those mistakes and making them right. Shouty also shows us that even when a task seems insurmountable, we can accomplish much if we set small, attainable goals for ourselves.

In a very simplistic way, the author has touched on topics that will help mold our children into better adults, but that will also help many adults to reexamine their own lives and make needed corrections. Shouty books would be very good to have in every classroom, but also in every home where parents and children can read them together.

Rating: 4/5

Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!

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