About the Book:
(About Making Good Choices, Smoking, Alcohol and Drugs, for Beginner Readers, Ages 6-9)
A smart little mouse, named Mr. Consequences, arrives just in time to stop young Billy from making a bad choice. In the simplest way, the mouse explains the importance of choosing well and what can happen to those who do not when it comes to smoking, alcohol, and drug use.
Everyone has the ability to become great at something, Billy is told. However, these substances can get in the way of that by causing a person to lose interest in learning and developing their own greatness. They can even damage a person’s health over a period of time. Health and happiness go together.
Mr. Consequences leaves Billy knowing that the young lad now understands the importance of making good choices. And Billy is left with a greater sense of self-assurance, planning on being healthy and happy his whole life long.
(The author hopes that this little story will plant the seed of self-protection and self-worth in a child so that when he or she is confronted with options, good choices are made.)
Targeted Age Group: 2-8
It was a day like any other winter day, as Billy walked home from school.
But when he rounded a corner, the day changed. There on the steps near an old building was a group of older kids who were all laughing and joking. They were also smoking and drinking.
“Here, kid,” said one, “take a puff.”
Another offered him a drink, shoving a glass in his direction.
Just as Billy was about to take a sip, a little mouse jumped out from behind a bush.
He held up his hand and waggled his finger at Billy. “No. No,” he said. “Tell him ‘NO’!”
The little mouse was so insistent; Billy did what he was told. “No, thank you,” he said and handed back the glass.
Then the little mouse waved for Billy to follow him.
Down the street a ways, the little mouse hopped up on a wall and introduced himself, “I’m Mr. Consequences. I’m here to help you make good choices.”
“Con… con… con…” Billy stuttered.
“CON-SE-QUEN-CES!” said the little mouse. “It is what happens when you make a choice. Smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, and taking drugs are all bad choices. Bad choices lead to bad results. Let me explain.”