You Are Special

by Max Lucado
32 pages, Picture Book
Reviewed by Lil Princess the Valiant

This is a good read for any age with a powerful moral.


"The Wemmicks were small wooden people..."

This book is the story of one particular Wemmick, named Punchinello. He cannot jump high, say witty sayings, or carry heavy things; on top of that his paint is peeling. Soon he begins to believe that he is not a good Wemmick. Certainly not special by any means like "the other Wemmicks who have stars instead of gray dots".

One day he meets a wooden person unlike any he has ever met. She is with out any stars or dots. She advises Punchinello to go see the woodcarver. Believing himself to be unworthy, he goes anyway and learns a powerful lesson about himself and his maker.


Very good. Teaches the lesson of not measuring yourself by other people's standards, but by those of the Creator.

Spiritual Content

None directly stated, but the tale is from a Christian perspective.


When the wooden people fall, their paint chips.

Drug and Alcohol Content


Sexual Content


Crude or Profane Language or Content

The other Wemmicks are negative to Punchinello they tell him derogatory things. They give gray dots to the more "inferior" Wemmicks.


This is a good read for any age with powerful morals, but will probably only interest young children. Children of any age who have been teased or bullied may easily identify with Punchinello.

Fun Score: 4
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: 5-7

Review Rating:

Average rating: 5 stars
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