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Reviewed by Ann Neville for Readers' Favorite
The Girl Who Talked Too Much written by Joshua P Rikas is, as the title implies, about a young girl who talks continuously without considering other people, how they may feel, and without the ability (or desire) to listen to other people's points of view. While she is out in the woods one day, still jabbering away even though she is on her own, a Witch Doctor decides to cast a spell on her so he can get some peace and quiet. Unfortunately, the girl gets lost and, because the Witch Doctor has silenced her, she is unable to call for help. To get her voice back, she needs to find the Witch Doctor and persuade him that she will be more thoughtful in future.
The computer generated illustrations in The Girl Who Talked Too Much are brightly colored and support the story line well. I would have liked to know the little girl's name so I could identify with her more but, on the other hand, by not naming her parents may be more easily able to relate the story to their own child. The idea that a Witch Doctor could have such power may frighten young children, but in the end he does reverse the spell on the understanding that the little girl has learnt a lesson about letting others talk and respecting their voices as well. If you are looking for a book that encourages children to not only respect other people's views and personal 'sound' space, but that also encourages two-way conversation, choose The Girl Who Talked Too Much, written by Joshua P Rikas.