Izzy comes from a family of excellent burglars. But every time Izzy takes something that doesn’t belong to her, she gets a bad feeling in her stomach that won’t go away.
The apple doesn’t usually fall far from the tree, but in the case of Izzy, she would rather make apple pie or brownies than be a good burglar like her parents. Every time Izzy takes something that isn’t hers, she gets a terrible feeling in her stomach. Her parents tell her that she needs to be a good burglar and to ignore those feelings, but IZZY CAN’T DO THAT!
In Izzy the Very Bad Burglar, we find that our main character is conflicted about her family’s ‘business’ and tries to make up for her bad feelings of taking others belongings by cleaning up the houses and even making treats for the families that she steals from; but it isn’t enough. Izzy hates feeling bad about stealing and wants to be a good person while trying to make her parents proud of her for being a good burglar. How is she able to do both?
Izzy brings up some very important topics that I think are fantastic for a children’s picture book. The main character struggles to do what she thinks is right, but the peer pressure she receives from her own family has forced her to come to a decision on being a burglar like her parents. She learned through them that being a trouble maker and taking things that don’t belong to you are part of her family’s business, but it’s important to know that even people you look up to and who are supposed to teach you right from wrong may not be doing such a great job. It’s a tough situation to be in, but Izzy has the strength and good internal direction to realize that being a burglar doesn’t have to be passed down to her generation. What a great message for children and we have thoroughly enjoyed reading about this sweet and conflicted girl’s position and how she was able to handle her own outcome through her own personal integrity. Kudos!
About Sky Pony Press: Sky Pony Press, with Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers—picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Their list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title they publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, they are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
About the Author/Illustrator: Amy Proud has a degree in fine art. While teaching at an elementary school, she quickly realized that making children’s books was what she was meant to do. She resides in Northampton, England.
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