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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Readers get to see Emma coming back from school in a bad mood in The Listening Story (Not So Serious Jack Series Book 3) by Jack Thompsen. Her father wants to know why she is so angry and she tells him that no one in school listens to her. She is unhappy that, in spite of waiting for her turn to speak, no one really bothers to listen to her. Her father tries to change the topic by asking her to do her homework. Emma knows her father is also not listening to her and she hopes her big sister will have time to listen to her when she gets back from the mall. Anna is a year older than Emma, she has lots of friends in school and she thinks talking to little girls is not cool. Will Emma finally get people to listen to her? If so, how does she manage to do it?
The concept of the story is excellent and it encourages children to develop their listening skills, be helpful, and how to make others listen to their ideas and suggestions. The illustrations are lively and charming and they connect the characters and scenes with readers. The story, with its encouraging message and concept, is good for bedtime story-telling and for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries. The character of Emma is real and well portrayed and many readers will be able to identify with the problems she faces.