This is a story about a terrible thing which happens to me. I have to warn you that nobody is bad or good here, or rather everyone is a bit bad and a bit good and the bad and the good moluscules get mixed up against each other and produce terrible chemical reactions. Did you know cheetahs cannot retract their claws?"
Six-year-old Billy loves animals, David Attenborough documentaries, and sneakers that flash when he runs. He does not love sitting still, the blood-soaked sky in "Watership Down," or his father's cell phone.
When Billy runs into a busy street, ignoring his father's commands, he sets in motion a series of unexpected, family-altering events. "What I Did" is a heart-wrenching reminder of how best intentions can lead to disastrous consequences, and how one rash decision can take on a life of its own.
When I read the back of this book I was excited to get started, it sounded very intriguing. What I Did is written from the perspective of a 6 year old boy. It takes a while to get used to reading a book which the author made seem like it was written by a 6 year old. It works for this story and the 6 year old perspective on what happens in the story is definitely different than what an adult's would be. I don't think this book is for everyone and I can see how some people would easily become frustrated with the 6 year old point of view. For those that can get past that though I recommend this book.
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