“Mirror City” by David D. Bernstein

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Mirror City

David D. Bernstein
Outskirts Press (2023)
ISBN: 978-1977262707
Reviewed by Lydia (age 9) and Rachel Dehning for Reader Views (01/2024)

“Mirror City” by David D. Bernstein is the story of a boy named James who gets angry a lot. It seemed like everyone in his family did something he didn’t like and was mean to him. One day at dinner, James couldn’t control his anger and got sent to his room. While there, he punched his mirror and was transported to another time and place where everyone was nice to him. After calming down and thinking about his situation again, he returned to his room, and things were better for him.

I enjoyed “Mirror City” because even though James was mad and made poor choices, he realized that things weren’t so bad for him, and it all worked out in the end. However, I thought the story was a little too short because I would have liked to have seen more with his family after he came out of the mirror. I noticed that the story says his bike is orange, but in the picture, the bike is pink, and I’m not sure why this is. “Mirror City” is a book for all kids to read, but especially for those who struggle with anger because James got angry but found a way for things to go better.

Note from Mom: Younger readers will do well with “Mirror City” because of the shorter length, and the text is easy to read and understand. However, readers of all ages will learn from the story to be more open-minded about situations and the possibility that things aren’t just one-sided but should be assessed with multiple viewpoints in mind of the stakeholders. Events in the story are relatable to kids, ones with siblings or friends, and close family members, for everything to be more memorable. As mentioned, the story is short, sweet, and simple, with bright and colorful illustrations by Richa Kinra. The ebook layout made it slightly confusing to transition from picture to text due to the illustration showing first with the text underneath; having it in a physical copy would eliminate this issue. “Mirror City” by David D. Bernstein is an appropriate book for any setting – home, waiting room, or counselor’s office.

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