Don’t Be Mean to 13 By Douglas Harris Book Review!
Don’t Be Mean to 13 by Douglas Harris
Publisher : Label Free Publishing, LLC (October 13, 2023)
Language : English
Hardcover : 24 pages
ISBN-10 : 1952843138
ISBN-13 : 978-1952843136
Thirteen is feared and disliked for no good reason, while Twelve has always been so popular! When Thirteen and his friend Friday get together -watch out for friggatriskaidekaphobia! Explore the ancient historical roots of these popular superstitions while encouraging children to use evidence-based, critical thinking with our friend, Thirteen!
BUY at: Amazon ~
Review By LAWonder10:
This book was not as I expected. Don’t Be Mean to 13 is definitely a children’s book and not a Middle-Grade age book that I thought it to be. (I didn’t read the summary). However, it was an informative book directed at a children’s audience. I learned a lot about the number 13. The fear of 13 even has a name! (It can also be applied to someone who fears turning thirteen).
There’s a forward by Robyn E Blumner I recommend be read before reading the story. It gives added insight to the story.
The illustrations by YipJar were done very well. They were full of details and expressions.
The only thing I feel could have been better is for “13” to not be such a black fuzzy blob. and for the story to have a stronger ending.
I know the intention for the “Blob” is to be scary but seriously…?
I feel the message would be more effective if there was a stronger conclusion at the end of the story.
I offer a Four-Stars rating for the book.
This book was gifted to me with no pressure to post a positive review. This is my honest review
Meet the Author:
Douglas Harris is the co-author of the award-winning children’s books My Name is Stardust, Stardust Explores the Solar System, Stardust Explores Earth’s Wonders and Elle the Humanist. His upcoming book, Don’t Be Mean to 13, will be released on Friday, October 13th, 2023!
Douglas co-authored the Stardust Book series with his 17-year-old daughter, Bailey Harris. My Name is Stardust is the first in their series of children’s illustrated science storybooks and features a foreword by renowned evolutionary biologist and author Richard Dawkins. Book two in the series, Stardust Explores the Solar System, was released in 2018. Book three, Stardust Explores Earth’s Wonders, was released in 2019.
Douglas co-authored Elle the Humanist with his 12-year-old daughter, Elle Harris. Elle the Humanist is a beautifully illustrated book presenting humanist ideas and ethics in a way that’s warm, welcoming, and accessible for young readers. It features a foreword by renowned philosopher and author Daniel Dennett.
In partnership with the Center For Inquiry and the Translations Project, Elle The Humanist and the three books in the Stardust Book series are available for free in Urdu, Arabic, Farsi and Bahasa Indonesia – languages chosen by the Translation Project to help make scientific and humanist literature more available in Muslim-majority countries, where access to such literature can be very limited.
Douglas was a featured expert panel speaker at the 2017 BookCon in NYC on Science and Education. While releasing his book at BEA/NYC in 2017, he was interviewed by Helen Little for The Public Library Podcast on iHeartRadio about science, education and literature.