Book Review

REVIEW: We’re Not Gonna Take It

May 26, 2020
We're Not Going To Take It Book Cover
We’re Not Going To Take It Akashic Books Hardover 32 pages

This picture book of Dee Snider’s classic song of empowerment and self-determination will strike a chord with kids everywhere.

We’re Not Gonna Take It is the latest from LyricPop, a children’s picture book collection by LyricVerse and Akashic Books.

We’re not gonna take it
No, we ain’t gonna take it
We’re not gonna take it

We’re Not Gonna Take It is a playful picture book echoing 1980s hair band Twisted Sister’s most popular antiestablishment anthem. As part of their triple-platinum album Stay Hungry, “We’re Not Gonna Take It” spent fifteen weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, reaching number twenty-one. With lyrics by Dee Snider and illustrations by Margaret McCartney, this picture book follows three toddlers on a mission to defy their parents, whether it be lunchtime, bath time, or bedtime. We’re Not Gonna Take It is a story both parents and children can relate to, and a song they can enjoy together.

My Thoughts:

It’s not often that I review picture books on my blog as I am not really the target demographic and I don’t have anyone really to read them to. Mac so far hasn’t been impressed with any attempt to read him a storybook. But when I saw this book on Edelweiss I was so intrigued that I had to request it.

I’m not fully sure what I expected, perhaps a story about some injustice or a reworking of the lyrics into a story. Instead what we have is three toddlers rebelling against whatever their parents want, they don’t like their veggies, they do want naps etc. These adorable images are accompanied by the lyrics of Twisted Sister’s classic anthem.

While I personally would have appreciated more of a creative take on the song and lyrics the images are cute and overall this is an excellent way for Parents to share this classic rock song with their young children.

I give We’re Not Gonna Take It:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

A Review Copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

We’re Not Gonna Take It by Dee Snider and Margaret McCartney is set to publish on the 2nd of June 2020 from Akashic Books. You can pre-order your own copy at Mighty Ape, , Booktopia, Akashic Books, or wherever you like to purchase books.

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1 Comment

  • Reply littlemissstar55 May 26, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    Sounds cute, even if it wasn’t what it could have been. 💜

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