I like children’s books, they are much more complex than many people realize. For a children’s book to work it must have an educational purpose. Anne Jenks most certainly understands that aspect. The Icky, Sticky, Tea Party tackles the subject of kids using prescription drugs in ways they are not meant to be used.

Actually this book should be read by adults as well. Some twenty years ago I had the flu, and developed a wicked cough, my ex-wife had the solution, “take one of these pills that my doctor prescribed”. Thirty minutes later I was convinced that my head was in imminent danger of exploding! My blood pressure had shot through the roof. That was the first and last time I tried someone else’s prescription drugs.

Anne Jenks has been a pharmacist for over 15 years and she has some pretty clear thoughts on the subject of medicine in the home and how it should be protected from young people.

Lets talk about The Icky, Sticky, Tea Party, two young children are left in the charge of a babysitter for an afternoon. Wanda is by no means a bad young lady, but prefers texting on her phone over engaging with Jenny and Cindy.

Cindy, being the older and worldly wise of the two sisters, age undetermined, but probably around 8 years old prefers to play a video game rather than play Tea Party with Jenny. Jenny however is bound and determined to have her tea party. If babysitter Wanda and sister Cindy don’t want to come, maybe Moose the family dog might be a willing guest?

Of course a Tea Party cannot be complete without tea. As no-one wants to help, Jenny must find her own source of tea. The answer is the big bowl of icky medicine that her parents make her take when she is sick.

OK, I will break the reviewing rules, and share the plot. Jenny doesn’t like the taste of her medicine, it is poor Moose that becomes the victim. Moose does survive, however there is a valuable lesson to be learned for children and parents in The Icky, Sticky, Tea Party. Keep all medicines out of reach of children.

Icky, Sticky, Tea Party is illustrated by Gaston Hauviller. I had some reservations when I viewed the electronic version, but now I have seen the book in print, his work leaps out at you.

This is Anne Jenks first foray into the world of children’s books, and I give her very high marks. She also goes the extra mile and includes a final page with Talking Tips for parents. I think this is a great idea as the book is not really designed as a ‘talk along’ with a child, but as a teaching tool. Keep medicines in a locked cabinet, far away from young children.

You can order your own copy of The Icky, Sticky, Tea Party by using the Amazon link above. Anne Jenks also has a web site with information about her other books. You can find it here.

Simon Barrett

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