A Better Place: Read Our Review of Dare to be Different by Ben Brooks, illustrated by Quinton Winter

A Better Place: Read Our Review of Dare to be Different by Ben Brooks, illustrated by Quinton Winter

Dare to be Different is a rich and exciting compendium of speeches, letters, stories and poems for kids by Ben Brooks, the global bestselling author of Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different.

Brooks has brought together 100 people who have all in some way or another used words to do wonderful things. Some may have changed a single life, while others have changed the course of history for almost everyone on earth. But whether their effects were big or small, these individuals’ speeches, letters, poems, songs, stories and advice prove one thing: words can make the world a better place. And they can make you feel better about yourself too.

This extraordinary compendium includes personal letters that were written for just one reader to help guide them through life’s journey; sometimes they were intended for millions of people to hear about grand declarations of war, peace or new discoveries. Most of the time, though, they are words of wisdom that children will love to hear, about kindness, bullying, or whether it’s OK to sometimes eat chocolate for breakfast.

From Plautus’ plays about the power of laughter to Selena Gomez’s speech about bullying; from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s letters of encouragement to his daughter, Scottie, to Bambi, the mysterious graffiti artist who sprays words of truth on walls, there is something to be learned from every quote in this inspiring and illuminating book.

Children will be enthused and comforted by the wonderful true stories Brooks has brought from across history and from around the world. Each one is exquisitely illustrated by Quinton Winter, who made the Stories for Boys series so visually exciting.

I can certainly attest that the words in Dare to be Different have great power. Each story features stunning life-like illustrations of each figure against a backdrop that brings their story to life. These illustrations are accompanied by bite-sized information and key quotes from each person that tells their story. The 207-page compendium has the same layout and style for each story, making it consistent and easy for kids to read and follow along.

Each figure and their story in Dare to be Different is unique, so it’s not easy to pick a favourite. But I was particularly moved by Nujeen Mustafa who recaps her experience as a Syrian refugee, emphasising that we, as people, are not just numbers and statistics; everyone has their own personal story. Mustafa’s words encapsulate the main takeaway from Dare to be Different: ‘Every child needs to believe in his or her abilities. Every child is a special person. No one comes to this world just as a number. Everyone has a role to play and an impact to make, however limited in size or scope.’

The beauty of a book like this one is that it doesn’t need to be read in one sitting. If readers need a burst of inspiration or help getting out of a slump, then Dare to be Different will push them in the right direction. With the school holidays fast approaching, this would make the perfect read for children to reach their end of term goals. I recommend it for children aged 8+.

Buy a copy of Dare to be Different: Inspirational People Who Changed the World here. 

Publisher details

Dare to be Different: Inspirational Words from People Who Changed the World
Author
Ben Brooks
Publisher
Hachette
Genre
Children’s Non-Fiction
Released
08 March, 2022
ISBN
9781529416244

Synopsis

A rich and exciting compendium of speeches, letters, stories and poems for kids, by the global bestselling author of Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different.

A new book that will inspire children, by the global bestselling author of Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different.

The words in Dare to be Different have great power.

Ben Brooks has brought together 100 people who have all in some way or another used words to do wonderful things. Some may have changed a single life, while others have changed the course of history for almost everyone on earth. But whether their effects were big or small, these individuals' speeches, letters, poems, songs, stories, and advice prove one thing: words can make the world a better place. And they can make you feel better about yourself too.

This extraordinary compendium includes personal letters that were written for just one reader to help guide them through life's journey; sometimes they were intended for millions of people to hear about grand declarations of war, peace or new discoveries. Most of the time, though, they are words of wisdom that children will love to hear, about kindness, bullying, or whether it's OK to sometimes eat chocolate for breakfast.

From Plautus' plays about the power of laughter to Selena Gomez's speech about bullying; and from F. Scott Fitzgerald's letters of encouragement to his daughter, Scottie, to Bambi, the mysterious graffiti artist who sprays words of truth on walls, there is something to be learned from every quote in this inspiring and illuminating book.

Children will be enthused and comforted by the wonderful true stories Brooks has brought from across history and from around the world. Each one is exquisitely illustrated by Quinton Winter, who made the Stories for Boys series so visually exciting.

Quinton Winter
About the author

Quinton Winter

Quinton Winter is a British illustrator, artist and colourist. He has worked for many clients including the Guardian newspaper, Walker Books, Gogglebox2000ADVertigo ComicsMojo and the BBC.
Ben Brooks
About the author

Ben Brooks

Ben Brooks was born in 1992 and lives in Berlin. He is the author of several books, including Grow Up and Lolito, which won the Somerset Maugham Award in 2015.

Books by Ben Brooks

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