On Instagram, Lauren Simone Pubs follows other African American authors and independent book publishers. For some time, we have been following @theholidayboys because we have noticed a certain book series called the Holiday Boys. Not having boy children, while I was curious, I did not hasten to purchase any of their books.
We offer free reviews to independent authors to provide constructive feedback, help promote their work, and also provide entertainment and education for our readers. And of course, it keeps Olivia Lauren and Alyssa Simone constantly reading, which allows them to become better writers.
Recently, Onicka J. Daniel, author of The Holiday Boys series, considered our proposal to review her work. She shared the third book in her book series.
Let’s just say after reading this book with my daughter, I am now very interested and eager to read the entire series and even purchase as gifts for my nephews.
The Holiday Boys series is a story of two brothers who were both born on holidays, hence the name Holiday Boys. The first book is called the Holiday Boys: A Creation of teachable lessons for children, the second book is called The Holiday Boys and the Tall Man, and the last book, which we read and reviewed, is called The Holiday Boys Make a New Friend.
The Holiday Boys Make a New Friend is a well written story with a powerful message. There are many themes subtly and overtly covered in this book. First you read a very unpredictable story with beautiful and colorful illustrations using diverse characters about bullying and its effects. Second, the book ends with questions that allow children to self-reflect on the lessons learned in the story. Have you ever been bullied? When? Where? By Whom? How did it make you feel? Finally, this book provides an opportunity for parents and/or teachers to discuss these important themes. How does one overcome bullying? Who should you talk to? When is it a good time? What role do friends play in overcoming the effects of bullying?
We liked this story because it is very relevant in our current cultural, classroom climate. The plot was actually really cute. We loved the relationship between Big Brother and Little Brother and Mom and her boys. We were pleased by the diversity of the classroom and playground scenes. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed the story. As a psychologist and educator, I personally found this book to be a well needed book. This is a resource that every K to 5 classroom should have in its library. We give this book 5 stars!