Not So Bad After All

Children - Social Issues
38 Pages
Reviewed on 02/19/2021
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Author Biography

Daniel Amaguana is the co-founder of Pandas Karate Inc., which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary. He is a 5th degree black belt, giving him the title “master." Currently, he travels around the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area giving talks about entrepreneurship and anti- bullying. He also is the host of a podcast that helps parents get tips on how to deal with bullying.

Every page of Not So Bad After All represents actual events that Daniel dealt with as a kid while trying to navigate his way through school and adolescence.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Daniel felt nervous when he went to school sometimes, though his friends were cool. Though he liked the clothes he wore to school, at times it worried him too. He was scared of raising his hand in class, but then he thought he could do it for math since it was his favorite subject. He could sit next to Kenny while having lunch because Kenny had saved him a seat. The locker room was no fun on certain days and sometimes they would have a ball. Daniel's friends made fun of him while he sang and sometimes his friends laughed at the way he walked.

Not So Bad After All by Daniel Amaguana is about the life of a student and it is brought to life by Nabi Bilal's charming and colorful illustrations that breathe life into the characters and give the story a good pace and movement. Children will be able to relate to Daniel and his feelings while in school. The author has portrayed Daniel's character well in the story, making him, his thoughts, and feelings tangible to young readers. It is a good storybook to use in classrooms for read-aloud and storytelling sessions and parents can also use it at home to help their children navigate through school and deal with bullying. Books like this are good for children to make them understand what can happen in school and how to tackle it without getting flustered.

Laura Sosa

Excellent book! I would recommend it to any parent! My 4 years old love it and we read it twice a week! love the illustrations, too. Well done.