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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
“Jilli, That’s Silly!: A Story About Being A Girl”, authored by Christa Carpenter and illustrated by Mark Wayne Adams, is a delightful children’s book. This is the tale of a girl named Jilli who has an exciting day. She dresses in her mother’s clothing and shoes, filling her purse with lipstick and other girly things, brings her dolls along on a shopping trip and spends a long time on one phone call. Jilli is at the age where she is still a little girl at one moment and not such a little girl the next. Throughout the day her mother repeatedly says, “Jilli, That’s Silly!” At the end of the book the mother says, “Jilli that’s NOT silly! That’s just being a GIRL!”
At the back of this book the author has a list of questions to open discussion with your child. Among the suggested discussion questions are: What is the definition of the word silly? Discuss a time when you acted silly. Do you think you could teach an adult to act silly? What was your favorite silly thing that Jilli did? Why do you think Jilli’s mom realized that it was OK to be silly? Any of these questions can create delightful discussions between parent and child. “Jilli, That’s Silly!” is filled with positive messages. It is appropriate for ages 5 and up. I really love the plot of this book. It would be remiss not to mention the illustrations. Mark Wayne Adams is a very talented artist. He and Christa Carpenter have collaborated on a number of books and each one is beautifully written and illustrated. The illustrations perfectly fit the text on each page. The words and pictures complement each other. Both the words and the illustrations would be very nice individually too but when combined you have a masterpiece.