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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
It’s fascinating to find a book that serves two very different purposes. Regina and Renita Tackle Nasty Nate's Nasty Ways! is a beautifully illustrated book for children in Grades K-5 that deals with the all-important issue of bullying. But it is also a very clever marketing tool for the authors, Renita and Regina Deloatch, who are co-hosts of the popular Youth Sports TV show, TwinSports TV.
Regina and Renita, the primary characters in this well-presented children’s book, are twins. So are the authors, and if you haven’t already guessed it, Regina and Renita Tackle Nasty Nate's Nasty Ways! is based on their own childhood experiences, in this case with bullying. The twins are identical except that Renita has a scar on one side of her face. At school, Nasty Nate picks on Renita constantly and in very hurtful ways. He needs to be taught a lesson, but who will teach him? Will it be Regina springing to her sister’s defence? Or will it be Renita’s classmates who think enough is enough? Or will it be the twins’ parents and/or teachers? Finding out who tackles nasty Nate’s nasty ways, and how, is one of the most refreshing aspects of this children’s book: you see, the authors leave it up to readers to decide by offering them three possible endings. What a great way to generate classroom discussion on a social issue so relevant to so many students.
Regina and Renita Tackle Nasty Nate's Nasty Ways! is told through poetry, a popular approach in children’s books. As poetry, sometimes it flows nicely; at other times the rhythm is broken for the sake of rhyme by longer sentences. Fortunately, children will possibly be more caught up in the illustrations and the story itself to notice. At the end of Regina and Renita Tackle Nasty Nate's Nasty Ways! the authors have included some coloring and connect the dots exercises which, along with letting readers decide the endings, the illustrations, the topic and the poetry, makes this book one to get for your child or your school. And do make sure you visit Renita and Regina’s awesome website at www.twinsportstv.com.