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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
I think I must be the center of the universe – at least, my universe. I’m sure you’re the center of your universe. Calvin is the center of his universe. How do we know? Calvin can explain. He says everything revolves around him, from his beloved dog who runs around his feet, begging for attention, to the chicken nuggets on Wednesday night that swirl around that inevitable black hole, which, of course, is Calvin’s empty stomach. And then there’s the grandparents who shower Calvin with gifts and so much more. But, let’s get serious. If Calvin is the center of his universe and we’re the center of our own universe, then we all need to take control of our lives and our universe. Life is not something to take lightly or to take advantage of. Just ask Calvin and seize the moment.
Doug Gonterman’s picture book, Calvin, Center of the Universe, puts young readers in their own spaceship to take control of their universe. It’s an empowering story, full of fun and adventure and a few quirky lines, too. After all, what’s life without a little bit of humor. The plot follows Calvin as he analyses his reasons for believing he’s the center of the universe. Told in simple language, this is a great book to help young readers work on their reading skills. The bright, colorful illustrations are full of life and will certainly make young readers chuckle. Calvin is, after all, quite the six-year-old little character that one can’t help but adore. Calvin’s sense of logic will match that of young readers and they’ll certainly think more deeply about their place in their universe. Take the leap and follow the adventure to find your own center, your own place of being. Let Calvin lead the way.