Going Places by Peter H. Reynolds Book Review

Going Places by Peter H. Reynolds
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 18, 2014

It is once again time for the annual Going Places contest. The contest in which all the kids build a go-cart using identical go-cart kits. However, Maya's go-cart doesn't look the same as everyone else's. Realizing that there may be more than one way to build a go-cart Rafael and Maya team up to make a go-cart that is a little outside the box.

I think it is extremely important to teach young people that there is not always one way of doing things. Sure, there are rules, but even then there is room to think outside the box. Take the guy who was on Jeopardy recently. People were upset with him for not following the standard pattern that has been a trademark of the show for how long. Yet, the rules didn't say he couldn't do it his way either and his way helped him win, which is the actual point of the game. This is, of course, something that schools teach children as well with their bubble tests and insistence on there being only one way to solve a problem. Enough of that soapbox though.

Going Places is another delightful book by Reynolds with bold colored illustrations that practically move across the page. It is written simply and would appeal to any kid over the age of three.