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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  429 ratings  ·  125 reviews
Michael Leannah wrote Most People as an antidote to the scary words and images kids hear and see every day. Jennifer Morris’s emotive, diverting characters provide the perfect complement to Leannah’s words, leading us through the crowded streets of an urban day in the company of two pairs of siblings (one of color). We see what they see: the hulking dude with tattoos and ...more
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published August 15th 2017 by Tilbury House Publishers
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I was on board with this book for much of the text, I appreciated the inclusivity of the illustrations (people representing a wide variety of races, ages, physical abilities*, family-types, living situations, lifestyles, and hobbies). One passage really jumped out at me as misleading and unfortunate in a book designed for allaying fears about "bad people": "A person who is frowning and mad, or sad, or mean is like a sour grape in a bunch of sweet grapes...Everyone looks nicer when they smile and ...more
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
I really enjoyed 90% of this gently charming picture book designed to remind adults and children alike that most people are decent people. Why exactly did I like?
1. This was a lovely breath of positivity in a world that is overly obsessed with stranger danger. Caution is something our kids need, but paralyzing fear is not.
2. I liked the diversity of the illustrations. People of different sizes, ages, genders, and colors were interspersed nicely in this book. Really, the only thing there's a lack
Nov 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
First of all, I don't think you can say for certain that most people in the world are good. How could you possibly know that? And I don't believe in comforting children with lies.

Second, wth is this line: "A person who is frowning and mad, or sad, or mean is like a sour grape in a bunch of sweet grapes." WOAH. Way to encourage kids not to have or show feelings and completely illegitimatize those with very good reasons for being mad or sad. And the line on the opposite spread, "Everyone looks nic
Kate ☀️ Olson
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to a publisher's representative for the review copy of this title.

In these current times of political strife and scary events in our world, this picture book is a reassurance that most people are good. The repeated text and sweet illustrations highlight to kids that despite the actions and words of a few, the world is a good place. I can definitely see this being used with classes or families after witnessing something traumatic, or even just after children see something scary on the ne
May 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Ended up paging through this while I was weeding (I didn't weed this). The illustrations are lovely, vibrant, and show lots of diversity. However, every other good thing about this otherwise fine book is derailed by this line, "A person who is frowning and mad, or sad, or mean is like a sour grape in a bunch of sweet grapes... Everyone looks nicer when they smile and laugh." What a dangerous message to send to kids. Anger and sadness are valid emotions. Everyone on this earth has been mean at so ...more
Tina Grove
Mar 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
A failed attempt at simplifying some complex concepts for young children, but unfortunately misses the mark for me. A few sentences seemed especially problematic to me "A person who is frowning and mad, or sad, or mean is like a sour grape in a bunch of sweet grapes...Everyone looks nicer when they smile and laugh" It conflates being "bad" with having complex emotions. It's OK to be sad, mad, etc but that isn't stated here. Kids need to hear that. Especially preschool age kids whose emotions are ...more
Sep 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Filled with images of friendly and welcoming individuals of all sorts of sizes and colors, this picture book just might provide some reassurance during dark times. Often, it's easy to get caught up in the maelstrom of anger, hurt and violence that swirls around us on television and through social media and to think that everyone's out to do harm. But as this picture book gently reminds readers, most people are good and have good intentions. Even when someone does something wrong or is angry, it ...more
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was doing SO WELL until the page with the frowning girl. The text explains that people who are sad or mad are sour grapes in a world filled with sweet grapes. It briefly improved by stating that those who are sad and mad would rather be happy and smiling, which took the blame off of them. But then it concludes that people look better when they smile anyway. Ugh. My problem with this is not just that it makes me think of men telling women to smile and teaches kids that this frowning gir ...more
Wayne McCoy
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
'Most People' by Michael Leannah with illustrations by Jennifer E. Morris is a book that feels like a breath of calm in troubled times.

This is a picture book for young children. The premise is that the bad people in the world are outnumbered by the good ones. Most people like to smile and hug and watch things grow. Some people do bad things and yell bad words, but usually you will then see someone who is trying to help.

It's such a gently told story. It reminds me in the best ways of how Fred Rog
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is really a hand holder, something to give children so they aren't afraid, and children do get afraid when they hear about all the bad things that go on in the world. This is sort of the Mr. Rogers of picture books. It very simply tells children that yes there are bad people out there, but that there aren't a lot of those people. And that some people just need help.

This book makes it very clear that most people are good, and that all the bad people in the world could probably fit into
Jillian Heise
A good book to share with kids reminding them that most people are good and want to do the right thing. Especially with the news we see today, it is a message kids need to hear. Would pair well with Come with Me & The Bad Seed.
Mar 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: (With Caveat) Those Looking for Children's Stories to Encourage a Faith in Humanity
The simple text of this gentle, well-meaning picture-book explores the idea that most people in the world are good - honest, kind, and willing to help those in need. The accompanying artwork depicts a diverse range of people doing good things for one another...

Most People is a book with its heart very much in the right place. It was written, according to Michael Leannah's brief author note, to reassure young children, who are constantly bombarded with news stories about terrible crimes and other
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended this book to a coworker’s family the day after I read it at home with my daughter. Totally useful, in these times and awaits, to help keep our kids (and ourselves) feeling assured.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This reassuring picture book shows children that the world around them is filled with helpful and friendly people. It’s a strong response to the negativity so often seen in our world and absorbed by our children as frightening ideas and thoughts. The picture book is set in an urban and diverse neighborhood where accidents happen and neighbors help out. It’s a place where people are friendly, smile at babies, and watch out for one another. It’s a place where people in need are given assistance, w ...more
Aug 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
Can we talk about choices instead of labeling a child "bad" for stealing? This book needs to go back to the drawing board their premise is flawed. People are not "bad" or "good."
Sandy Brehl
In his debut picture book release, MOST PEOPLE, author Michael Leannah's reassuring text pairs with J. E. Morris's illustrations to present a strongly positive view of the people of the world. In doing so, they push back against the onslaught of daily news representing threats and violence. Together they offer much-needed reassurance.
Leannah's straightforward text and Morris's appealing illustrations showcase a diverse urban community, one presented as safe and welcoming. Individuals and famili
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
First of all, I think I would give this a 4.5 rating, since there were just a couple of minor things which could have been phrased just a bit differently, but overall it was excellent.

A friend (who happens to have great taste in children's books) told me about this book last year, and I finally got around to reading it. I love the message that most people in the world are good, kind, and decent. Children hear and see so many frightening things nowadays, with so much violence and mean spirited be
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very much a message book aimed at helping kids deal with the news, but it does that well. There are bad things, bad people, but most people, the book says, are good people who wish the best. Most want to be happy, want to be kind, want to help. Definitely I'd say one to read amid discussion? There's some stuff around how you react to people who are mad and sad, for example, "most people want to be happy" which could turn into NO BAD EMOTIONS ALLOWED. But as an antidote to the news, this is lovel ...more
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids-juvies-ya
Seems a little harsh for kids...
Miss Kelly
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Should be in every home and library.
Jennifer Miera
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dear Mr. Trump:

Read this book.
Blue H.

"People who do bad things can change. There is a seed of goodness inside them waiting to sprout."

"Most people love the sunshine. -- Most people love watching things grow" :))

"A person who is frowning and mad, or sad, or mean is like a sour grape in a bunch of sweet grapes." \(//∇//)\
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Pair with Come With Me
Kaitlin Ayers
This book is about teaching children to be aware of dangers in the world but showing kindness. As adults we are always worried about our children and teach them what is good and bad. This book shows there are kind people in this world. In today’s society we unfortunately have to be aware of our surroundings and recognizes the good and bad. This would be a great book for teaching emotions, safety and practice kindness.
Stephen Roger Powers
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A warm-hearted and positive book about the good in people that comes at a time when its message is much needed. It's easy for adults to forget how much children are affected by negative and scary stories on the news. This book is a useful reminder that maybe things would be simpler and better with the TV off. Not that we shouldn't follow current events and teach children about what's going on in the world, but maybe there's something to be said for opening up more to the joy right in front of us ...more
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book to read to kids that explains there are some bad/grumpy/angry/mean people in the world but MOST PEOPLE are friendly and kind and want people to be happy. A good reminder for our world right now.
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A reassuring picture book that helps young readers and listeners realize that though they may hear about scary things on TV or witness something bad happening in their neighborhood, most people are good and desire to do good.

I like how text doesn't shy away from the types of bad things young children may be aware of, and I think the whole premise for this book is solid. With so many scary things happening in the world, it can cause us to fear one another; this book really drives home the point
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
I'm torn about this book. I love the overall idea of the message. I love the idea of being reassuring to kids, and I don't think it's wrong -- I think most people do want to be helpful and happy and all. I love the diversity in the illustrations, too.

What I have a hard time with is this line:
"A person who is frowning and mad, or sad, or mean is like a sour grape in a bunch of sweet grapes"

because to me that reads as a dismissal of real feelings. In fact, I think that's what troubles me about th
For young children, Michael Leannah has written a story showing kids walking through an urban neighborhood, seeing all kinds of people, and some may look a little scary, but as he writes, “Most people are good people.” Children hear adults talk at home, out in the neighborhood and on tv about things that seem scary, and Leannah is trying to show that yes, sometimes there can be scary moments, but “Most people in the world know that…most people are very good.” Jennifer E. Morris illustrates the ...more
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