Friday 25 June 2021

Being Wildly Kind

Being Wildly Kind written and illustrated by Josh Langley (Big Sky Books) PB RRP $14.99 ISBN 9781922488053

Reviewed by Dianne Bates

Sub-titled ‘Finding the Magical Power Inside’, this is a hope-filled book packed with ideas to build empathy and compassion in kids of all ages. It encourages young readers to be wildly kind to people, to animals, and to the planet. It starts by saying you don’t have to be strong, brave, and confident to make a difference; instead, you just have to be kind – wildly kind! “Put your hand on your heart and feel it beating. That’s where your wildly kind power is.’

The book encourages readers to think about how other people might be feeling and put themselves in their place. It gives practical situations where this might occur, such as sharing with a lonely person or talking to someone who seems different. Don’t bully, it urges. ‘Use your powers to make someone feel good, not bad.’

The message the author/illustrator is giving is that we need kindness now more than ever. Langley uses simple, full-colour, quirky illustrations and simple yet empowering suggestions for bettering oneself and the world. This charming book is packed full of fun, practical ideas, and inspiration.

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