Title: Don’t Tell Lies, Lucy
Author: Phil Roxbee Cox
Themes: moral, right & wrong
What’s it about?
This is a story about Lucy. She likes to lie all the time about everything and she thinks other people do the same.
I like the repetitive phrases and simple language that is used; it speaks well to the target audience. The illustrations by Jan McCafferty are fun and age-appropriate.
The ending. A tidal wave/tsunami comes and washes Lucy away because the parents didn’t lie about that.
I purchased this book sight-unseen. What I was hoping for was a basic book to read to my students about how lying can impact others and the way they see the person who tells the lies. Up to a point this book does do a great job…until the ending. I can’t think why they would have an ending of Lucy being swept away because she told lies. Some kids might think it is funny but I don’t. I don’t feel that it adequately address the consequence of telling lies well. Young children may even worry that this might happen.
It is a book with good intentions but it just misses the mark. If you are looking for a book with this type of moral then go back to the Boy Who Cried Wolf as at least the consequence was logical to the story.