I Don’t Want to Wear a Mask!
Shadowcat Publishing 2020
Reviewed by Lydia (age 6) for Reader Views Kids (1/21)
“I Don’t Want to Wear a Mask!” is the story of a little preschool boy named Albert. Like my brother last year, Albert had to stop going to preschool and do it over the computer at the end of the school year because of the Corona Virus. He didn’t like it but was doing okay until his teacher told him that when he goes to Kindergarten, he’ll have to wear a mask! Albert is scared to wear a mask at school, but his mom calms him down. She tells him that he’ll be like a superhero; this makes Albert happy. She tells him that he’ll be like a superhero with how he looks with the mask and how it helps him protect other people.
“I Don’t Want to Wear a Mask!” is about Albert being okay with wearing a mask to school, and I like that by the end of the book, he was. I wasn’t sure about wearing a mask all day at school either, but like Albert, I know it’s not as bad as I thought. I like the part when Albert thinks of the kinds of people he can be when he wears his mask. I didn’t think of that when school started, but then my parents got me some that make me look like I have an animal face, so I pretend that I’m a different animal each day. There are a lot of cool and funny-looking masks that I see on kids at school. I don’t think about protecting other people when I wear my mask, but that’s what Albert’s mom tells him, so that’s cool.
I like looking at the pictures in the book, except for pages with Albert in the middle of two pages. I can’t really see him or his face much in those pictures. I like the one when he is a superhero because superheroes are cool and really awesome; right now, my favorite superhero is the white Power Ranger! I like that the story isn’t too long; it’s just the right length. I can’t quite read the story on my own yet, but it’s still fun to listen to. I can understand everything that is happening in the story and with Albert. I think that kids my age would like this book and understand what is happening, too.
Note from Mom: The story in “I Don’t Want to Wear a Mask!” is accurate with its information and is written in a clear tone for children to understand. As a parent, I appreciate the importance that Turner placed on the topic of masks and how they serve dual purposes for everyone who chooses to use them correctly.