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I've been looking for Scout themed books for grandsons ranging in age from 5 to 10 years. This looked like it had real potential. I got it on spec and was delighted with it.
First off, while it's not official BSA it has a fine Boy Scout look and feel. Second, it is well written in terms of vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure and clarity, so it's fine as a reading teaching tool.
But best of all it has an engaging underlying message that feels authentic and upbeat. It doesn't wander off into any odd tone or questionable message. Here, Splat meets a new hotshot Scout, Scott, who seems great at everything. Splat isn't jealous or envious; he admires Scott. But when Scott messes up, Splat is there to help him. The story emphasizes teamwork and self-respect and friendship, without a single odd turn.
Sometimes these books for younger readers have poorly thought out messages that leave me confused or underwhelmed. This book hit a clear and upbeat high note on every page, so I was more than happy with my choice. This will be a hit with all of my Scouts.
My granddaughter loves all Splat the Cat books, and I do, too! Splat's cuteness in the illustrations is enough to get anyone hooked. I'd like the book for the pictures alone, but the adorable stories are just perfect!