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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
In You Can’t Quit Lil Peter You Just Can’t by Tasche Laine and Peter Valdez, we are introduced to a little boy who has trouble staying interested in anything that he attempts. This particular time it is soccer that he wants to quit and his father reminds him that he had done the same with baseball, basketball, guitar, clarinet, and bowling, to name just a few. His father decides that this will be the day he stops quitting. Of course, Lil Peter didn’t like this and tried to tell his father that he didn’t like soccer but to no avail. His father insisted that he just couldn't quit and that he had to stick it out this time. Twice a week he would go to practice and every time it was over, Peter would tell his dad that he was done, and every time his father advised him not to quit. After a few weeks, their coach told them that the team needed a new goalie. Lil Peter liked the sound of that so he volunteered, hoping this might make him enjoy soccer. Once he was the goalie, his team won every game, which made playing the sport a lot easier. They ended up winning the championship and Lil Peter realized that he wasn’t quite done with soccer after all.
You Can’t Quit Lil Peter You Just Can’t is a great book that has a valuable life lesson to learn. You can’t always quit everything, because when you are older there are going to be times when you need to stick things out. Lil Peter always gave up when things didn’t go his way, but this time his father made him stick to it at least until the end of the season. It ended up being the right decision because Lil Peter didn’t realize until the end that he liked soccer and was good at being a goalie. It’s good to teach kids not to give up because there are going to be times in their lives when they just can’t and it’s a hard lesson to learn as an adult. As someone who used to be a kid like Peter, I completely understand and appreciate this message as an adult. I also loved the illustrations as they are so bright and work as an amazing visual aid for the young reader. I think Tasche Laine and Peter Valdez have done a great job with this book, and I can’t wait to read more of their work.