Life of Shouty: Food & Fitness by NeonSeon

It’s a new challenge for Shouty. Choosing elevators and escaltors over stairs, and stuffing himself with all types of junk food, he becomes an overweight, unhealthy person. Will he have the willpower to change his habits?

In this second Life of Shouty book, Food & Fitness, young readers find a rhyming story about a man who lives an unhealthy lifestyle. Lack of exercise and eating junk food–two things modern-day kids hear a lot about the evils of these days–find Shouty gaining weight and struggling to change his eating habits and incorporate exercise into his daily life.

Having reviewed the first Life of Shouty book, Good Habits, I had a feel for the author’s style before cracking open this new one. While I don’t understand the need to use an adult male to show children the importance of eating right and exercising, Food & Fitness does a fine job of showing kids how the wrong choices impact our bodies and mental health. With First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to fight obesity, and televisions stations like The Disney Channel speaking regularly on these topics, young readers will easily be able to grasp the point of this book.

NeonSeon’s whimsical and funny illustrations return in Food & Fitness. These pictures help lighten what is a heavy topic for today’s youth. Childhood obesity has been a hot topic for a few years now. Medical professionals are seeing diseases in children that previously they had only seen in adults. A book like Food & Fitness can be helpful in encouraging even normal-weight children to implement practices that will help them throughout their adult life.

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  • Publisher:Rixkin
  • ISBN-10:0984206914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984206919
  • SRP:  $14.95

I received a free copy of this book from the author through Pump Up Your Book Virtual Book Tours in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no monetary compensation of any kind to provide this review.

Life of Shouty: Good Habits by NeonSeon

Shouty ignores the advice of a man who encourages him to develop good habits. He doesn’t plan and prioritize. He chills out and relaxes. He doesn’t floss every day. His room is a disaster. He watches too much TV and his lawn is an unmanageable, overgrown mess. Looking in the mirror, he has a great vision of who he could be and begins making changes to find that person.

In this motivational children’s book geared toward ages 7 and up, the reader finds a rhyming story meant to instill good habits in kids early on. Life of Shouty: Good Habits by NeonSeon does mention important traits like setting goals, prioritizing, reading over watching TV, and taking care of your teeth. I’m not certain, however, that a book where an adult avoids paying his bills and lets his lawn grow up to his chin is the most effective for young readers. Overall, I believe the book will go over kids’ heads. While the cover art and interior illustrations are cute and whimsical, kids might not understand things like the “Something for Nothing Currency Exchange” or the “Live for the Moment funeral home.”

The main thing that caught my eye, however, is the quote on the back of the book. Here we have a book that is meant to motivate kids and it has a negative quote from Shouty on the back:

 “I have this great vision of who I could be!

As I look in the mirror, that’s not what I see.”

I would have preferred to see a more standard back cover blurb.

Shouty Mack started out as a comic strip geared toward high school students. It would work well for that market and older, but it misses the mark for younger kids. That said, I also have the second book in this series, Life of Shouty: Food & Fitness, here. I skimmed through it, and it seems much more age appropriate than its predecessor.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher:Rixkin
  • ISBN-10:0984206906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984206902
  • SRP: $14.95

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinions. I received no monetary compensation of any kind to provide my review.