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Kids Fiction 184
summer fun of role play
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
GOOD GUYS, BAD GUYS features children at play and divides them throughout by their actions and roles. The good guys are well groomed, while the bad guys don't like to brush their teeth. At the end of the day, though, it's hard to tell which is which.

What I loved: The illustrations are very fun, capturing all the joy of summer and playing with other children on your street. I appreciated that there were several skintones for the children, adding some diversity to the characters.

What left me wanting more: I am not sure about the labeling of some children "bad guys" is ideal, especially when the qualities are just related to hygiene; however, this seems to be mostly related to play. The examples related to hygiene, such as brushing teeth and burping, are also not great examples to set. At the end, the children suggest switching roles the next day, so it does seem to be a temporary label.

Final verdict: Overall, a book of summer fun, GOOD GUYS, BAD GUYS is a picture book of the roles children play in games.
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