REVIEW OF Miss Never Pleased
Reading is one of my passions and I am trying to inculcate that habit in my kids too. Call it kismet or one of these smart phones ‘mind reading’ capabilities that while planning to write a post about summer reading on Teachers’ Lounge, this attractive ‘fairytale’ kind of purple butterfly profile picture caught my eye on one of the groups. I clicked on it and it took me to a profile of an author. Not just an author but a Pakistani author who writes books for children. Can you imagine the level of excitement I had at that time. I couldn’t stop myself from scrolling down and finding out about her books.
The first book that I saw on her timeline was Miss Never Pleased with yet another attractive and a ‘pleasing to the eye’ warm orange tinge cover designed by Aisha Amir. The cover also has a faceless girl on it who probably is the one who is never pleased. Just like one of my daughters. So yes, the title was good enough to convince me to get a copy for myself to read it to my daughters this summer. Miss Never Pleased was added to my Summer Reading List.
I hit the message tab and sent out a message to Ayesha Marfani inquiring about the price of the book. She replied promptly. The book (paperback) is for Rs.1250/- and that I should send her my mailing address to confirm my order. And there, it was done.
Do you remember my post “Waiting for a package to arrive, do you want to know what’s in it?” Well now you will get to know what was in it.
As soon as the packet arrived I brought it to my room with no expressions on my face, as my kids are very sensitive to any sign of excitement. I wanted to open the packet, admire the book and skim through it right away without any ‘mumma what is it? kind of questions.
So I was successful in being in my room alone, with the brown packet in my hand. I tore it open and out came not one but two books, Miss Never Pleased and Tales from the Treasure Chest along with their own customized bookmarks.
With my eldest daughter’s everyday complaints about different things, I picked up Miss Never Pleased and started skimming through it, hoping to find a way to teach my daughter how to be content with what she has. It’s a perfect sized paperback with easy to read through line spacing, just perfect for children as well as for adults like me who don’t have much concentration span left after having kids, to read through tightly spaced paragraphs.
The story revolves around a thirteen year old Habiba, who has been brought up to believe that she should be perfect in every aspect of life. And that is her aim in life, to be perfect.
Like most of the teenagers she is in the habit of confiding in her diary, in her case a ‘pink’ diary. She had titled it Miss Perfect and has been noting about important events in her diary since she was seven.
The story is in the form of diary entries which she sees as incidents happening in her life. She would write about an incident along and justify how her act contributed to her being Miss Perfect. In her pursuit of being Miss Perfect she would not care about people’s feelings and would hurt them unconsciously. This kept on going for good six years.
As she grew older she started realizing the change of behavior in people around her. She couldn’t figure out what was making people avoid and not respond to her as they would when she was younger.
Then, came the turning point, an incident that gave her the perspective and completely changed her way of looking at things. From then onwards things changed and she went on to become a successful psychologist. Habiba’s journey from being Miss Perfect to Miss Pleased came to an inspiring end.
The book not just have this wonderful story to read but black and white illustrations to fill the colors in too. Then there are other activities to encourage children to critical think and reflect.
Miss Never Pleased by Ayesha Marfani is a must-have book for growing up young ladies to help them focus on things which are important. With the permission of the author I am sharing the video of Miss Never Pleased with this post. Enjoy!
Keep following #SummerReading to find out about Tales from the Treasure Chest