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Reviewed by Michelle Robertson for Readers' Favorite
Blueblah The Sleepy Raccoon: A story about the importance of participating, and overcoming self-doubt and anxiety by Monica Dumont is a delightful children's pictorial book, which introduces young readers to the concept of self-confidence. Blueblah The Sleepy Raccoon is one book of four in Monica Dumont's self-help children's book series. The author portrays a very understandable and easy to read text with charming illustrations. Blueblah the raccoon does not like to do much of anything but sleep. In fact, if anyone asks he tells them exactly that. He has even convinced himself that he can't do anything but sleep. As he is taking a nap one day, a group of raccoons is playing a game. A few seemed to not do well at the game, but they still appeared to have fun. Blueblah then finds out that maybe he has been wrong when he was telling himself and everyone else he could not do much of anything.
Children are often afraid to try new things or be around new people. Some may even tell themselves they are unable to participate in making new friends or trying new things because they aren't good enough. The author helps children overcome the fears, anxiety, or self-doubt they may be experiencing with themselves, activity, or other situations by creating a stimulating, cheerful, motivational scenario within the story's plot. Monica Dumont had created a highly effective story by delivering a positive message through the creative story line, and simple but vivid illustrations in this book. The book is suitable for children of a younger age, pre-K to lower elementary. Adults may enjoy the story, too, for it also creates a way for them to bond with their children while they read and complete the exercises and activities provided in the back of the book.