Review: You’re So Amazing!

Posted April 17, 2024 by Richetta in Blog Tours, Book Reviews, Children's Books / 0 Comments

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Review: You're So Amazing!

I received this book for free from TBR & Beyond Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Review: You’re So Amazing!You're So Amazing! by James Catchpole, Lucy Catchpole
Illustrator: Karen George
Published by Faber & Faber on May 2, 2023
Genres: Juvenile Fiction / Concepts / General, Juvenile Fiction / Health & Daily Living / General
Pages: 32
Format: Paperback
Source: TBR & Beyond Tours
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When people meet Joe, they often treat him as Amazing Joe or Poor Joe. But can't he just be . . . Joe?
One-legged Joe is 'amazing'. He knows this because wherever he goes people always tell him he's amazing. Amazing for sliding down the slide, for kicking a ball . . . even walking to get an ice cream, or even just eating an ice cream. Of course, being Amazing Joe is better than being Poor Joe . . .
A groundbreaking picture book which explores how we respond to disability.

Welcome to my stop on the You’re So Amazing! book tour hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. You’re so Amazing! by James and Lucy Catchpole and illustrated by Karen George is the story of Joe and how people respond to his disability.

So Amazing…

You might think the word “amazing” is in fact amazing. But when Joe hears it, he wonders why people always use it when they refer to him, even when he isn’t doing anything extraordinary. He finds it confusing, especially when he is with a friend who is actually doing something amazing. Often he finds himself identified by others as either “Amazing Joe” or “Poor Joe.” Joe just wants be “just Joe” and play and have fun with his friends.

Being Singled Out

This book gives insight into how kids with disabilities often feel when they are singled out for doing normal things and being a kid. It encourages both young readers and adults to reflect on how they think of and respond to disability. You will hopefully finish this book thinking differently about the word “amazing” and how it is wielded at people with disabilities in their day to day lives.

Reacting to Disability

Joe’s friend, Simone, and his other friends that he plays with treat Joe the way he wishes everyone would. They play make believe, run and jump, and play soccer together. This is in direct contrast to how all of the adults he encounters treat him. I love how the illustrations depict this treatment. Every time adults or older kids enter the picture, the fun and make-believe Joe and his friends were engaged with stops. In the words of Simone, “People need to relax.”

This is a great picture book to read with kids both with disabilities and without. Have a conversation about how Joe feels about being singled out all of the time. Discuss why you think the adults react to him that way.

About the Authors

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James Catchpole was destined to be either an itinerant singer or an amputee footballer. He managed to get off the substitutes’ bench a couple of times for the England Amputee Football Team, and also busked around Provence with a guitar (another profession where it actively helps to have one leg), but reached the limits of his talent in both fields by his mid-twenties, and so joined the family business of children’s books. He now runs The Catchpole Agency with his wife Lucy, and represents authors and illustrators of children’s picture books, non-fiction and novels, including Polly Dunbar, SF Said, Michelle Robinson and David Lucas. Lucy and James live in Oxford with their two young daughters, the eldest of whom is firmly convinced she will be joining the business too – but at five, she has plenty of time to recant.

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Lucy sometimes writes about disability, family and children’s books. You can find a lot of that on Instagram. She’s written for the BBC and the Guardian. She does not have a handy Amazon bio she can copy and paste. Lucy has grown two whole people (small ones, admittedly).


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