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Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite
It’s Not Easy Being A Kid: Trust Me is written and illustrated by JuYin Wong and follows the daily routine of sisters Felicia and Serena from the time they wake to the time they go to bed. They describe how difficult it is to wake up and get out of bed quickly in the mornings, as their mother wants them to do. They go through their morning routine of washing, dressing, brushing teeth, and then making their beds, having breakfast, and getting ready for school. For some reason unbeknownst to them, their mom seems anxious and stressed and keeps telling them to hurry up. When they eventually get to school, they enjoy playing with their friends so much they don’t really want to go home, but their mom is there, already stressed, telling them to hurry. Finally, at the end of the day, they just want quiet time with their mom, but can she relax enough to read them a story?
This is an amusing story, full of fun and really quite spot on. The girls don’t really understand why they have to hurry, or why their mom always seems stressed. As far as they can see, everything is fine except that their mom is always telling them to hurry up. I like the way this story is told totally from the children’s viewpoint, and not from the mom’s. It’s clear the girls are real characters and although Mom is frazzled, there is lots of love there. The illustrations are colourful and reflect the story perfectly. Young readers will relate to the story and love it.