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Totally Terrible Tommy by Madge H. Gressley

Source: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Children
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: March 13, 2016

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Totally Terrible Tommy is a little boy who thinks that in order for people to notice him he has to be totally terrible. Find out how Grandfather helps him turn into Totally Terrific Tommy.


Totally Terrible Tommy does terrible things to his family to get noticed until his grandfather comes up with an alternative to being terrible. Will Tommy manage to execute his grandfather's plan, or will he end up reverting to his terrible ways?


Totally Terrible Tommy is a totally cute and charming way to reinforce the concept that bad behavior results in negative attention and good behavior results in positive attention! The story also reinforces that consideration and kindness are rewarded while being inconsiderate and mean are punished.

I thought that the alliteration of T's when describing Tommy gave the book a rhythmic quality; something that will help the story stick in a child's mind. I also noticed that several other words were frequently repeated in the story. I liked this because it helps children learn how to read and comprehend what they are reading. Eventually, they will be able to recognize the word and understand its meaning outside of the context of the book.

The illustrations are simple, cute, and very expressive. It is easy to distinguish expressions that are responses to positive and negative feelings and they serve as a colorful way to support the book's message.

Totally Terrible Tommy is great for new readers, but it has enough of a rhythmic, "sing-song" tone to it that three-year-olds will find it engaging as well. If you are looking for a great little bedtime story for the kids, look no further!

About Madge H. Gressley

Madge H. Gressley, author.
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Madge Gressley lives in Missouri with her granddaughter and two dogs. She started her writing career in 2013 when she traded her brushes, paints, and canvases for pen and paper but, in this case--computer and keyboard. She works from home and squeezes writing in between jobs for her graphic design business and letting the dogs in and out--a full-time job in itself.
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Have you read this book or another children's book by Madge? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments.