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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
Get Up, Lil Peter. Get Up! by Tasche Laine and Peter Valdez is another realistic adventure that will teach Lil Peter a golden lesson. Our young hero spends time with his grandfather, who prepares him breakfast and engages Lil Peter in physical and creative activities. Grandpa has beaten Lil Peter in basketball and chess. Lil Peter tries to beat Grandpa at hide and seek but falls from a tree where he is hiding. Grandpa checks on him and tells him to get up. When Grandpa builds a ramp for Lil Peter's bike, poor Lil Peter fails to jump clear of the last can and loses his balance. Every time he stumbles and fall, Grandpa is always there for him and tells him to get up as well as reminding him how failure develops character.
Tasche Laine and Peter Valdez continue to deliver quality stories that impart values. In a world where success is celebrated and failure is frowned upon, this little story will aid in orienting young people about the necessity of failure and not easily giving up. Moreover, the grandfather and grandson moments articulate the role of grandparents in the formation of their grandchildren. The story has a heartwarming quality that will make young readers give their grandparents a rightful second look. It reminds us to get to know the adults who matter in our lives, to appreciate them while they are still with us. Mei Mei Leonard's illustrations remain consistently arresting. Get Up, Lil Peter. Get Up! is another fun, educational way of teaching core values without talking down to its target audience.