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Reviewed by Laura Sumpter for Readers' Favorite
Every child has fears. For each child, these fears may be different and come in different shapes and sizes. Jasper the Bold (ish) is a picture book geared toward young children that addresses common fears. In Krystal Fernandes’ book, Jasper encounters multiple everyday items that he is afraid of. These include bees, frogs, noodles, and oceans. Ms. Fernandes does a unique job of addressing Jasper's fears using letters of the alphabet to name specific fears that kids may have. She also, in some instances, has Jasper explain why he is afraid of various items. This helps the young reader relate to Jasper on a personal level. Throughout the book, Jasper attempts to overcome these fears and not be crippled by them.
Jasper the Bold (ish) by Krystal Fernandes is a delightful, easy to read book that takes readers on the path that Jasper takes as he struggles to overcome his fears. Written from Jasper’s point of view, readers are drawn into the adorable artwork and the ability to relate to the everyday items that Jasper talks about. Another wonderful feature of this story is that it is written in easy rhyme which helps young readers in their reading progress. The vocabulary is easy to understand and is appropriate for all age levels. Ms. Fernandes has written a well thought out story that makes it easy for young children to relate to Jasper. This book is one that I would recommend for any child struggling with fears and needing encouragement to overcome them.