Rumor Has It: Kids Book Review

Friday, July 20, 2018

Title: Rumor Has It...
ISBN: 978-1944882242
 Author: Julia Cook
Illustrator: Kyle Merriman 
Price: $15.93 Paperback
32 pages | Grades: Kindergarten - 4 | Ages: 5-9
Genre: Children’s Literature
Available: Amazon

Whether we've been the subject of a rumor or the one spreading a rumor about someone else, most of us have been involved with rumors somehow. But how many people really stop to think about the damaging effects?

Fortunately, award-winning author Julia Cook does, and cleverly brings this serious subject to light in an entertaining and funny, but cautionary, tale about the importance of NOT starting or spreading rumors.

Told through the eyes of the rumor marble, the story describes how a simple misunderstanding starts a chain reaction that can't be undone.

K-6 students will laugh as they read this story and are reminded that it's much easier to prevent a train or a rolling rumor marble from starting to roll forward than trying to stop one!


Each year, when the new school year comes around, there are so many things that we start to talk about. We talk about which backpack & lunchbox to get, school supplies, shoes, clothes, and so much more. I personally like to talk about things that we know happen at school, even things that aren’t fun to discuss. Some of the talks might include: bullying, how to talk to one another, grades, and various rumors. These are all subjects that happen at every school to every child at some point. 

I have seen posts on social media before about having your kid squeeze a tube of toothpaste out onto a plate, then having them try to put in back into the tube again. This is one unique way to teach your kids that you can’t always take back something that you say or do. Sometimes, reading a message that is hidden in a book makes it easier to understand. This is especially true with kids. That is where the book ‘Rumor Has It…’ comes in. 

This is a cute book that offers a huge lesson in how a rumor can get started and how damaging it can be. In the beginning, you meet the rumor marble. He tells you how he likes to roll around in your head and change how you think, feel, and act. It then rolls from your mouth into another person’s head, where it continues to change things and create feelings that are different each time. 

The story itself shares a rumor about a couch in the girl’s bathroom at school. How one kid started the rumor, which then grew and grew until everyone in town and the news was reporting on the rumor. You learn how damaging the rumor can be and how people look at you differently because of something someone says. You see how people react to hearing a rumor and how silly some can act. The best part is when the little girl owns up to starting the rumor and how guilty it makes her feel. She also learns that starting a rumor does not always have the intended outcome. 

If you are looking for a story to teach your little ones about rumors before school, this is a great read. I love the colorful illustrations, it really brings the story together. This would also be a great story for teachers to read to students in their classrooms. Especially the younger grades, whose students are young and very impressionable. 

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