Here’s a free printable for teachers and parents. I drew this because I have a hard time forgiving myself when I make mistakes and I’d like children to be easier on themselves.
Parents, teachers, educators, you can download and print this for your classroom or your home. No commercial use allowed. To see my other free printable posters, click here and visit my “Free Printable Stuff” section. To see my books for kids, click here. To be notified when I post a new poster, follow me on Twitter, Facebook , or Instagram.
This terrible book is available in bookstores today! Don’t buy it. It’s a total waste of money.
The Quill and Quire’s review:
Elise Gravel’s wildly creative new picture book purports to have no imagination at all. Called The Worst Book Ever, it’s a fairy-tale story of a prince and princess who lead exceptionally boring lives until one day a monster arrives and the prince must save the princess.
A plot like this is shockingly retrograde. That’s why there are three bonus characters – a spider, a blob, and a star-like creature – who live outside of the story and are reading and commenting on it as it progresses. Like Statler and Waldorf or the robot characters from Mystery Science Theater 3000, they provide biting humour and judgment, calling out the off-putting title, the fact that “Prinse” and “Prinsess” are continually spelled wrong, and how “ugly” the illustrations are. It’s an early lesson in meta-narratives for young readers – and it’s a riot for the whole family.
The book is the perfect balance of fun and big themes hidden under more fun. Gravel is loyal to her fan base, cramming in plenty of bodily function humour, while the voice-of-reason characters remind kids that a book should be more than just boogers and farts. These astute critics also point out the story’s sexism, lack of diversity, gratuitous violence, and use of clichés – making this a surprisingly effective classroom tool for what to include in a book report.
The illustrations are purposefully simplistic and ill-proportioned – but still jokey and weird enough to amuse. And there are visual gags for older readers, including a cover sticker that proudly states “Winner of Zero Book Awards.”
There are very few children’s books that are both laugh-out-loud funny and completely on-point and undidactic in their teachable moments. Gravel has nailed this – and made it look easy.
Have you ever heard kids (and even grownups!) denigrate other people’s book choices? “This book is for babies!”, “This book is for girls!” or “You should be reading real books by now!” Here’s a poster I made to show kids that they can read whatever they like; reading choices are personal and shouldn’t be judged.
Parents, teachers, librarians and educators, you can print this poster for your home, school, library or office. No commercial use allowed. To download, click here. To see my other free posters, click here. To see my books that are truly for EVERYONE (and often very silly), click here.
I’ve always been an anxious person and I tend to be a bit mean when I talk to myself. With this poster, I wanted to share one of the ways I developed to be kinder to myself and become my own best friend.
Parents, teachers, educators and librarians, you can download and print this illustration here. No commercial use allowed. If you want to license it, contact my agent (contact form at the top of this page).
Here’s a free printable poster I made to show kids that all kinds of families are OK, and that families are as diverse as people.
Teachers and parents, you can download it here and print it for school or home use (no commercial uses allowed).
Teachers, librarians and parents: you can now print all my educational posters as coloring pages, for free as usual. No commercial use allowed. Download them here.
The posters talks about diversity, refugees, women in science, gender, climate change, tolerance, the scientific method, autism, consent, equality.
You can learn about my new posters by following me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Here’s a free printable poster I made to explain autism to children. Teachers and parents, you can download it here and print it for school or home use (no commercial uses allowed).
I am not an expert in the matter; I had a lot of help from autistic people to fine-tune the French version of this poster, but I’m always interested in learning from your own experience with autism if it differs from this explanation or if you have something to add. You can comment on this poster on my Facebook page.
Here’s a mini-poster I made to teach kids that their gender should not define what they like.
There is no such thing as “boy stuff” or “girl stuff”. Pink and blue are for everyone!
Parents and educators, you can download a higher resolution of this mini-poster for free here (personal and classroom use only; no commercial use allowed).
For more free printable posters, visit my boutique in the “free printable stuff” section.
If you want to license this image, contact my agent (Contact form above).
It’s the story of my life: no matter what I’m doing, I feel like I should be doing something else. Sounds familiar? I think we’re not alone.