A book review by Sophie Taylor
The first instalment of the Clever Tykes series, Walk-it Willow, can only be described as a resounding success. I would challenge any child not to fall in love with the book at first glance. Its beautifully detailed illustrations, which draw from the characters’ personalities, bring each and every one of them to life. Whilst 6 – 11 year olds are the target audience, this book has something for everyone. Walk-it Willow tells the tale of a young girl and her pet canine, Stomp. It follows their adventures as Willow decides to combine her desire to help others with her passion for dogs, to create her own dog walking service.
Whilst the story is simple, its simplicity is undoubtedly its driving force. The story can be easily understood, which allows children to better engage with its content. This leads us on to the heart of this book, to introduce children to the skills and behaviour associated with entrepreneurialism. From the perspective of an entrepreneur, this book successfully introduces children to skills and behaviour associated with business, but in an accessible way. Something as simple as Willow offering dog walking services illustrates skills to children which will prove invaluable to them in later life – such as resilience, creativity and organization.
Willow does make mistakes throughout the book, but she puts her skills into practice and rectifies them by the end of the book. I, for one, think this is an exceptional message to be instilling within our children, that hard work and perseverance can help you achieve your dreams. There is a lot to be learnt from Walk-it Willow and their creators at Clever Tykes, something which I hope other authors take a lead from in the future.
Clever Tykes are primary enterprise specialists who have penned three stories in total. The company has featured in a national government report on enterprise education by Lord Young and are stocked in a number of leading book retailers. Find out more about Clever Tykes here.