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Reviewed by Leiann Lynn Rose Spontaneo for Readers' Favorite
Dipsy Doodle And The Recital, by Alisa Guttadauro, is good for kids of all ages suffering from shyness. The story starts with Dipsy and her mother, Mrs. Doodle, discussing how she is petrified of performing on stage. A classmate, Sindy Sazparilla, teases her, telling her that she is going to be a flop. Right then, Mr. Doodle comes home and hears the discussion. So, he uses some good thinking. He gathers the grandparents, neighbors and even a garden gnome in the living room to watch Dipsy rehearsing. Like magic, she feels better! Even Oodles the pet dog approves. On the day of the recital, Sindy Sazparilla gives Dipsy a mean look. However, not letting the mean look get to her, Dipsy compliments Sindy. In an instant, Sindy’s attitude changes and the two become friends right as the recital begins. At the end of the book is a pasta recipe that is delicious for kids old enough to cook.
There are kids who are shy and timid. There are kids who are outgoing and bold. Such shyness often means a child becomes victim to teasing. Dipsy Doodle And The Recital, by author Alisa Guttadauro, shows kids of all ages how to get along, whether you are performing in a school performance or in front of a crowd at a meeting. Practice and be as good to others as much as you can. The illustrations by Jeanine Henning are adorable and show the book off. The recipe teaches a gift that keeps on giving; how to cook, a survival skill for any age. This is a really cute book.