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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
Upside Down Mr. Brown (Neighborhood Pond), written and illustrated by Shelley Westbrook, is a cute, colorful children’s book about morals and character. Mr. Brown was an unhappy fellow. He would lie, catch flies, and stir up the hornet's nest. Mr. Brown knew that he behaved badly and appeared to be proud of it. He was mean, rude, and always had a negative attitude. His karma was so dark that a black cloud followed him wherever he went. One day, Mr. Brown experienced an unfortunate mishap that made him change not only his attitude, but his outlook on life and how he treated others.
I enjoyed Upside Down Mr. Brown, because I envisioned reading it to a group of children. Shelley Westbrook shows that one's attitude can affect not only us as individuals, but those around us. Something as simple as a smile or a kind word speaks volumes. Upside Down Mr. Brown teaches that our behavior and character display who we are and it can take a defining moment to turn things around. Shelley Westbrook says, “Sometimes you may have to see yourself with your very own eyes so that you can realize your imperfections. If you care, and that's not so rare, you can change your beginning, and write yourself a whole new ending.” How do you treat others? What do you see through your own eyes? How will your story end? Pick up Upside Down Mr. Brown (Neighborhood Pond) by Shelley Westbrook today.