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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Vinny Frehley Rhodes was born into a metal music family and he was named after the drummer Vinnie Paul and guitarist Ace Frehley, both the best in their respective fields. People think Metalheads are unhappy people and full of anger but they are not; they are some of the happiest people on earth. Vinny never got read bedtime stories; instead, he heard stories of concerts his parents went to and while others had playdates, he attempted playing his Dad's guitar while watching live concerts. As he grew older, people started treating him differently. Many of them did things that would make Metalheads miserable and self-conscious but they would have understood only if they were Metal like Vinny. His classmates in Elementary School did not talk to him and he hoped he would find someone like him when he went to Middle School.
Metal Like Me by D.W. Saur is an adorable story about being different, bullying, coping with differences, self-acceptance, strength, courage, and perseverance. Danielle Green's illustrations are as charming as the plot and breathe life into the story and characters. This book will encourage children who are facing difficulties at school because of being different to become strong and tackle their problems wisely. The message in the book is good and the author's approach to it is refreshing and original. Vinny's character portrayal is real, relatable, and strong. Tutors and parents can use the story to help children accept their differences and get past the struggles of their initial years in a good way.