Corona Monster – Book Review

How to Defeat the Icky, Filthy, Creepy, Slimy Corona Monster

Robert F DeFinis, Ed.D

  • Genre: Children’s School and Education Books
  • Pages: 16
  • Publisher: Independent
  • Release Date: 13 May 2020
  • Co-Reviewer: Jude (aged five)
  • Star Rating: Five

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis

Help us defeat the “Icky, Filthy, Creepy, Slimy Corona Monster!” In this short 51apZmQDQ2L._SX260_children’s picture rhyming book, we learn the three most important steps for defeating the Corona Monster! Wash your hands, cover your sneeze and cough, and practice social distancing! Sure the Corona Monster seems a little frighting, but we have the ability to stop him! Will you join us in the fight?

Adults may be struggling with how to approach the Covid-19 pandemic with children. “How to Defeat the Icky, Filthy, Creepy, Slimy Corona Monster!” creates an opportunity to teach children that sometimes we need to tackle scary things with a plan and determination. Written primarily for toddlers and preschoolers, the book can be used to teach healthy habits, promote resilient behavior, and introduce contemporary topics. Written by Dr. Robert F. DeFinis, educator and coach, this book is intended to be a fun and engaging tool to assist children and adults with exploring a difficult topic.

Review

‘Corona Monster’ is a recently published children’s educational eBook by American-based author, Dr Robert F DeFinis. It is nicely illustrated in an unfussy way which will hopefully engage its target audience and I think the cover sells the contents extremely well. It is written in rhyme but not in verse. The foreward explains the reasons for writing the book and sets its young readers a mission – be proactive to defeat the virus. The three steps needed to do this are then carefully explained.

Not having a child of suitable age, I decided to enlist some help with this review so sent a copy of the book to Jude (aged five)20200522_084535 for his opinion. Here is his assessment:

‘I read the book with my mum. I could read nearly all the words myself and I liked the story. My favourite page was page 10 because there’s a big cross on the corona monster. My least favourite page was the one about hand-washing because I don’t really like washing my hands but I know I have to because it kills all the germs that could hurt me and my family.’ 

I also asked Rupert (aged two) what he thought. He said he liked books about animals. Nevertheless, he understands he needs to wash his hands.

The author suggests the book is suitable for toddlers and pre-school aged children. My initial thoughts were that it was aimed at a slightly older age group but then realised that children in the USA start school slightly later than here in the UK, where pupils are enrolled the September after their fourth birthday. At five, Jude fully understood the message the book was conveying.

Books are a vital medium to help adults engage children in important topical issues and, as such, I think ‘Corona Monster’ successfully fulfils its brief. It is definitely eye-catching and a suitable length for younger children, who will have a more limited attention span than those in the next key stage. I congratulate the author on this inspirational idea and award five stars.     

About the Author

Dr Robert F DeFinis Ed.D is Men’s and Women’s Head Soccer Coach at Cecil College. He also a Mental Performance Consultant, a father and an author. Creator/Total Optimal Performance Solutions. 

 

About Julie Haiselden

Between 1999-2019, I worked in the NHS and am now a Church of England verger and National Trust room guide. I've written three published novels and am an amateur blogger. As well as being a school alumna, I occasionally tread the boards. I enjoy rambling and taking photos. Since 2016, I've been part of the reviewing team at Whispering Stories.
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2 Responses to Corona Monster – Book Review

  1. lydiaschoch says:

    This was a very good review. I’m glad someone wrote a children’s book on this epidemic. Kids need it.

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