“The Day the Masks Went On” by Kerron Forbes and Audrey Forbes

“The Day the Masks Went On” by Kerron Forbes and Audrey Forbes 791 1024 Reader Views Kids

The Day the Masks Went On   

Kerron Forbes, Audrey Forbes
FriesenPress (2023)
ISBN:  978-1039162501
Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Reader Views (11/2023)

“The Day the Masks Went On” by Kerron Forbes and Audrey Forbes, illustrated by Nicholas Donovan Mueller, is the perfect way for families, especially children, to understand the concept of wearing a face mask for safety. This colorful, well-written, and entertaining story has such an appeal, that you won’t think of it as an educational book. It’s really cute and entertaining, something the whole family will enjoy.

The story begins in March 2020, which could send a signal to readers that this book has its roots in COVID-19. In the story, from the child’s perspective, the mother is beginning to act pretty strange. Why is she wearing a mask to get groceries? It’s like a mystery. So many questions fill the young character’s mind, who fancies herself as Detective Dillard, and she’s super curious about things. She begins to investigate by questioning her family members in order to uncover clues that will aid her in sorting out this odd new tiny scrap of what looks like T-shirt cloth. 

The Forbes mother-and-daughter writing team, along with illustrator Mueller, merge their talents to bring you a cute, funny, and charming story about mask-wearing and so much more. I like that it is set at the beginning of the pandemic, when there was a lot of concern and confusion going on about masks, especially for children. Since this book is written from a child’s perspective, it gives us an important view we may never have considered.

Those early days were difficult enough for adults to understand. How much more so for children. Just think back to how it was for the children you knew in your life. If this book had been around then, it could have gone a long way in helping children understand. Child readers will connect with Dillard, and the feelings of the character and situations will resonate even with adults.

They say hindsight is 20/20, and I believe that applies in the case with this book. Children will find messages that encourage learning and working together as a team and the importance of family support. This book is full of fun energy and valuable information–a combination that can’t be beaten. “The Day the Masks Went On” by Kerron Forbes and Audrey Forbes, should be in schools, libraries, and homes, but especially in the hands of children and families everywhere.

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