My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I had a lot of fun reading Joosh’s Juice Bar: The Blue Banana Berry Adventure. Never mind that I can’t say Joosh’s Juice bar without tripping over my tongue, I skipped my way through the book. I loved the illustrations — very eye-catching for young or old eyes. And I liked the message. Even though I don’t know of any real junk food berries, I can’t deny that a lot of appealing snacks have bad ingredients. I read labels, and as a Clinical Lab Scientist, I know what serious health problems most of those highly processed ingredients can cause. I’ve also seen studies showing how junk foods lacking vitamins and minerals can cause malnutrition, while fake foods/dyes and many hard-to-pronounce ingredients can poison livers or cause cancer. Whoa, I didn’t mean to go on, but junk ingredients go on whether or not I do!
As a confirmed fan of Dr. Seuss, I enjoyed the rhyme. I wish the whole book had been done that way because it sometimes stopped right when I was in the groove, but I don’t think kids will notice as much. They will notice the parents giving children important responsibilities along with the kids messing up and the parents helping them learn to do better. Those are important parts of growing up. But the story is presented in such a fun way that the learning will seem more like an adventure. Well, it is, even for the eyes.
I loaned the book to a friend’s twelve-year-old daughter to read to her siblings. She liked the message about eating healthy too, and that it’s okay to make mistakes. She also liked how it rhymed and thought it was cute. The only problem she noted was hard to read text because it was scattered all over the page, but other than that, she liked the book. Her four-year-old brother liked when it rained and everyone got better, and he liked the monkey Randy, and Mo and Coco. He didn’t like when they ate the blue junk berries. I asked if he wanted to read it again, and she said no, once was enough. I doubt they’re as awed by the message as most kids because their Mom knows a lot about health foods and the whole family already lives the Word of Wisdom. So repeat reading requests will probably vary by experience and personality, not just age. The twelve-year-old gave it four stars, and her little brother also gave it four, but rated by fingers. I can’t imagine anyone not liking this book except for companies that sell junk food. We received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Josh Gottsegen is a Los Angeles native and strives to create a world where rhymes, optimism and healthy living inspire. Josh the “Joosh Man” has worked in the entertainment industry for years and wears many hats producing, writing, editing and designing creative projects. lnstilled with the knowledge of eating healthy and treating people with respect at a young age by his family, Josh was motivated to create Joosh’s Juice Bar to deliver positive entertainment with a healthy twist.
What do you think? Could Joosh’s Juice Bar get your children to eat healthier?
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