“Brilliant”. What a fabulous, well-written picture book, with illustrations successfully used to support the storyline.
Stephanie Thatcher has cleverly written a story portraying the issue of “not feeling good enough”, in a light-hearted way. The reader can identify with Bertie McQuerty, the titular “other brother”, by accompanying him on a journey to find out what he is brilliant at. It shows how you don’t have to be sporty, arty, or clever to stand out.
This would be a great book to support learning about who we are, self-esteem, and the importance of individuality.
This book uses simple language suitable for young children including rhyme, repetition and alliteration. I would highly recommend this story to any 6-9-year-old, also to any junior to middle school teacher.
Title: The Other Brother
Author: Stephanie Thatcher
Illustrator: Stephanie Thatcher
Date of Publication: June 2016
Age range: 2-6
Reviewer: Racheal Andrews
Position: Classroom Teacher
School: Waiotahe Valley School, Opotiki