I’ve been a Pokéfan for almost 20 years now. It started in middle school with Pokémon Blue on and now I’m currently working my way through Moon and draining my phone battery with Pokémon Go (hey, don’t judge Go, it’s getting me outside for fresh air and exercise). It’s been years since I’ve watched the anime and movies, but it’s probably time to check it them out again. Apparently, there’s some wisdom hidden between the battles and Poké-antics.I know how silly that sounds, but roll with me on this.
The Essential Pokémon Book of Joy is a cute, short book of quotes from your favorite characters that offer lessons in life, love, friendship and, of course, Pokémon battles. Ok, they may not all be profound, but some of them are surprisingly deep. Even the baddies from Team Rocket occasionally offers some good advice such as never abandon a teammate in trouble, and do not fear failure/never give up. Meowth is particularly clever and has my favorite quote from the entire series: “We do have a lot in common. The same air, the same earth, the same sky. Maybe if we started looking at what’s the same instead of always looking at what’s different...well, who knows?” Pokéfan or not, that’s something we should all keep in mind.
If you’re feeling a little low and need a little pick-me-up, there is plenty of joy to be found in this book (including Nurse Joy)! Even if the quotes don’t make you think, they’ll at least make you smile. Whether you’re a Rising Star, Ace Trainer, or Veteran, be sure to flip through this book and, as Meowth says, remember to “..mind your P's and Q's and Pikachus.”