My daughter and I love Shy Charles. She is very shy herself and she indentified with Charles. Granted, I never pushed her forward or forced stuff upon her the way Charles' mom did, but she loved knowing there are other shy kids out there. Granted, the parents aren't portrayed very favorably here, but then you just use it as a teaching moment. Quite frankly, she enjoyed the pics and the situations evoked by the words. But I used it as a teaching moment to say, really, it is okay to be shy and okay to not push yourself forward in situations you aren't comfortable in. She is 12 now, not nearly as shy but she still loves Shy Charles.