Last week I read the third Justin Case book, Justin Case: Rules, Tools, and Maybe a Bully. I absolutely love the Justin Case books written by Rachel Vail and illustrated by Matthew Cordell.
Maybe I love these books so much because I adore the character Justin Case and everything he teaches me about parenting… or maybe I love them because I have my very own Justin Case:
In this new book, Justin begins fourth grade and there are new friends, new teachers, new rules, and playing the recorder. It's a lot for one "worried kid" to manage.
The books are written in 'diary style' or journal format.
December 13, Monday is one of my absolute favorite entries! Here's a little sample:
"Plus," I said, "wouldn't it just be wrong? To say I would hurt him, and especially to then actually hurt him? Because, remember? Violence solves nothing. Right?"
"Sure, Gandhi," Mom answered. "But meanwhile, here you sit, my baby, with a black eye, so …"
"Did you just call me Gandhi?"
"My name is Justin."
"I know," Mom said. She kissed my cheek. "You're a good boy, Justin."
And December 26, Sunday:
Mom was standing at the back door, holding her coffee mug, looking out into the yard, where everything was glittery white. The snow was falling in fist-size flakes.
I stood next to her and watched too. First snow of the whole year.
She put her arm around me, so I leaned against her. She didn't ask, How's everything going? or Did anything weird happen at school this week? We just stood there in the quiet and watched the snow come down together.
If you are a fan of the Justin Case books, this third book is not to be missed.
If you haven't met Justin Case yet, be sure to begin at book one: Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters.