Just over a year ago, the nation was shocked by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Twenty-six people (most of them children) were left dead in a place where everything is supposed to be safe and happy. Unfortunately, we live in a world where violence plays a role.
Sally O. Lee’s latest book, Pop! Pop! Bam! Bam! is the story of a school shooting as told through the eyes of a student and a teacher and how they cope as they make their way to safety. With Lee’s recognizable illustrations and her lyrical prose, the events unfold until both are safe and sound.
What I feel is very important to say about this book is the calm manner in which the reader moves from beginning to end. The only portion of it that is punctuated with exclamation points is the sound of gun fire, and that only appears twice. The main focus is on the conversation between this student and the teacher. Lee also quickly moves from lockdown status (hiding under desks and then moving to a closet) to the rescue, so the protection and safety aspect of the event are a greater focal point.
I applaud Lee for tackling this sensitive issue. I hope many are helped as a result.
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Paperback: 34 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 18, 2013)
I received a copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.