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I wish I had read the review of 'jsdmcs' before buying this, as I completely agree with it. We love Mercer Mayer books (I grew up on them myself!), but I wasn't too fond of the plot of this including Little Critter's attempt to run away. It wasn't something my toddler had ever thought of, and I didn't particularly want a book to give her the idea! Unfortunately, I read the words as they were written instead of thinking quickly enough to make up an alternative plot. I'm going to stick it in the closet now and hope she doesn't remember that we have it! :-/
I got this for my 2 yr old as a way of teaching him about emotions (he gets mad alot out of frustration!). I really like the Little Critter series of books, and this one would've got 5 stars like the others had it not been for the bit in the book about running away! Basically Little Critter is so mad he is never allowed to do what he wants that he decides to run away (not a concept I want my son to think about!). I've changed the story - he goes and sulks instead! Really cute pictures as always.
This book was nice quality but I bought it in hopes of teaching my nephew how to control his anger in a positive way. Instead, the book promoted running away from home and being angry until the main character finally gets his way. What a stupid story to tell toddlers. I will be donating this immediately as I don't need to be giving my nephew the idea of running away when he doesnt get his way.
These were my favourite books as a child and I bought them more for myself if I'm honest! But my 19mth old LOVES them too, despite all the Americanisms and dated look. She adores the way the critters are always accompanied by their little pets and she "gets" the humour and warmth of the books. Lovely.
This book has been a great experience for my son and I. Reading it to him has helped him realize that throwing a mad rage at us when he didn't get what he wanted was not nice and that we had our best at heart... it has helped us a lot