Joey Daring Caring and Curious

Joey Daring9781433816536_p0_v1_s260x420Joey Daring Caring and Curious: How a Mischief Maker Uncovers Unconditional Love

Marcella Marino Craver, MSEd, CAS,  Author

Joanne Lew-Vriethoff, Illustrator

Magination Press, Fiction, Sep. 15, 2014

Suitable for Ages: 4-7

Themes: Love,  Mother and child relationship, Behavior, Favoritism

Opening: “Joey kept thinking the same unpleasant thing over and over.  He thought of it at night. He thought of it in school. He even thought of it while eating ice cream at the park! Finally, he thought: just ask Mom! But could he?”

Synopsis: Joey is worried his mother prefers his siblings over him. After all, Joey is daring, curious and mischievous.  He just can’t seem to stay out of trouble, unlike his older brother and younger sister.  He wonders if his mother has a favorite child and if there is anything about him for his mother to love.  He gather his courage and writes a series of hand-written notes to his mom that will put a smile on your face.

Why I like this book:

  • The author tackles a classic and worrisome question for children with humor, imagination and reassurance. Does my mother favor my brother or sister over me? Am I good enough? Does she love me as much as she does them?  Especially if you are Joey and make a lot of messes, break toys, paint the walls, cut the dog’s hair and test your mother’s patience.
  • This delightful book serves as a wonderful reminder of parental unconditional love. How many times I remember saying to my daughter, “I may not like your behavior or what you have done, but I always love you no matter what.”
  • It subtly emphasizes that breaking rules and independence are an important part of a child’s development.
  • Parents will find this book serves as a great tool to discuss the meaning of unconditional love with their child.
  • Joanne Lew-Vriethoff’s lively, expressive and whimsical illustrations are colorful and done in pen and ink. They perfectly capture the theme of the story. The cover is a great example.

Resources: The one thing I like about books published by Magination Press is they have excellent resources and activities for parents and readers at the end. This book is no exception.

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30 thoughts on “Joey Daring Caring and Curious

  1. I think that until you have children of your own, you just don’t “get” this. But this book sounds like a great way to calm the uncertainties until you are old enough!


  2. Dear Patricia,

    I think all kids worry about this. I have 4 sons, and I think all of them think they are my favorite. I love that. But of course, I have no favorites among them! They are all different but love each other and go places together, etc. I love telling this story–one year one voted for Gore, one for Bush, one for Nader, and one for Harry Browne, the Libertarian.

    Love, Chris

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    • Chris, thank you so much for visiting and leaving a message. I love your story about how different your four sons are (even as voters) and how all of them think they are your favorite. – Pat


  3. A classic question for kids who rarely, if ever ask! Great recommendation, Pat! Love “Pen & Ink” illustrations, too! A rarity these days, it seems.


  4. Definitely a must-read for all kids! Funny enough, my kids never asked me this when they were little, but my 19 year old, just last month, thought I was coddling his younger brother more while he was sick than I did him when he was sick. 😀 I should have him read this book, too.


  5. The title is cool … and the whole concept of kids needing space to be adventurous and independent and daring and caring and curious and loved all the same. Kids need to explore their world, and know that it is ok to come home covered in mud after having gotten lost or falling in the creek.


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