Friday, September 13, 2013

Book Review ~ "The Not Even Once Club" by Wendy Watson Nelson

The Not Even Once ClubThe Not Even Once Club by Wendy Watson Nelson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: LDS Children's Picture Book

Book Description: Tyler is the new kid on the block.
His friends from church have invited him to their clubhouse.
But Tyler must pass the test before he can become a member of their club.
He must choose for himself to keep the commandment and church values and to never break them... NOT EVEN ONCE!

My thoughts: The Not Even Once Club is a very cute book discussing the importance of making good choices.

Tyler is a new boy to the neighborhood. He makes some friends at church and they invite him to be a member of their club. The name of the club is Not Even Once. To be a member of the club he needs to commit to not doing drugs, viewing pornography, stealing, cheating, etc. He needs to promise this even if he is teased.  When a child commits to action, it is easier to say no when opposition arises.

I loved the message to children this book conveys. I like that it is children encouraging children to make good choices.  I know I have said this in the past and I firmly believe that books offer a starting point for parents to talk to their children. By reading principles or concepts it's a non-threatening tool to lead to meaningful discussion.

The illustrations are adorable and fit nicely with the written words.

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About the author: Wendy Watson Nelson holds a Ph.D. in family therapy and gerontology. Prior to her marriage to Elder Russell M. Nelson, she was a professor of marriage and family therapy for twenty-five years. Sister Nelson has served as a stake Relief Society president, stake Primary president, and chaired theBYU Women’s Conference. Currently, she is an institute instructor and visiting teacher. Sister Nelson was born in Raymond, Alberta, Canada, to Leonard David and Laura Byrde McLean Watson. 

About the Illustrator: Brandon Dorman is the illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestsellerThe Wizard. He graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho, where he studied fine art and illustration. He and his wife, Emily, have three children and live in Washington, where he enjoys working as a freelance illustrator. His work has appeared in children’s books and on numerous covers, including Pingo, The Candy Shop War, and the Fablehaven series. See more of Brandon Dorman’s artwork at

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