You Can’t Scare Me written by Bonnie Grubman and Illustrated by Judi Abbot is a fun story about two pigs, Walter and Willy, who learn the boundaries of friendship. Willy, the scaredy-pig, is constantly being tricked by Walter until things get out of hand and Willy decides to leave. This part of the story I really enjoy, as it teaches children that it’s okay to walk away from friends when they are acting inappropriately.
However, I feel the story’s message starts lacking when Willy returns dressed as a Wolf. Willy scares Walter, giving him a taste of his own medicine. After that, Willy asks Walter if he understands the lesson and Walter replies, “I can’t be sure.” What kind of moral is that? Although in the last page, Walter doesn’t put flies in Willie’s juice, which hints at Walter learning his lesson after all.
Moral of the story aside, I absolutely love the illustrations. From the tiny pop-corn kernels to the different spots on each piglet, every picture really pops and does a great job of depicting the story.
Overall, I give this story a 3/5 stars.
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