Freckleface Strawberry and Windy Pants Patrick are as different as can be-but that doesn't stop them from being the best of friends. After all, they have a lot of important things in common, like having families and liking recess and loving books. But the rest of the kids don't see it that way. They think that girls and boys are just too different to be friends. So one day, Freckleface decides NOT to play with Windy Pants Patrick. And he decides not to play with her. And nothing really changes . . . or does it? ...
Freckleface Strawberry and Windy Pants Patrick are as different as can be-but that doesn't stop them from being the best of friends. After all, they have a lot of important things in common, like having families and liking recess and loving books. But the rest of the kids don't see it that way. They think that girls and boys are just too different to be friends. So one day, Freckleface decides NOT to play with Windy Pants Patrick. And he decides not to play with her. And nothing really changes . . . or does it? She still eats lunch and plays and reads books-and so does he. So why don't those things feel fun anymore?
Witty, warmhearted, and brought to life with LeUyen Pham's gentle hilarity, Julianne Moore's latest book celebrates the importance of recognizing-and keeping-a true friend.
In her third outing, Helen, aka Freckleface Strawberry, hangs out with best friend Patrick, whose unfortunate nickname is “Windy Pants.” They have a lot in common and enjoy many of the same things (street carts, books, and museums), but when their classmates challenge their boy-girl friendship, they pull away from each other. Pham’s illustrations have a compelling modern-retro aesthetic, and the story ends predictably with the misfits rekindling their friendship and understanding that they are different in some ways but “a lot alike too!” Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
- Denise Daley
Freckleface Strawberry and Windy Pants share one major similarity: they are both so very different! Freckleface Strawberry is too little and Windy Pants is too big. They both love to read, although Windy Pants prefers nonfiction and Freckleface Strawberry enjoys fictional stories. They both like lunch, although Windy Pants orders falafels and Freckleface Strawberry prefers hotdogs. Their differences make them best friends until a group of kids tell Windy Pants that he shouldn't be playing with a girl and some of the girls tell Freckleface Strawberry that she shouldn't be best friends with a boy. The two pals begin to believe what the other kids say and stop playing together. Not surprisingly, Freckleface Strawberry and Windy Pants miss each other terribly. Freckleface Strawberry learns that sometimes it is the differences that we enjoy most in each other. This story is sweet, meaningful, and humorous. It contains elements and situations that many young children will identify with and can learn from. The illustrations are equally clever and captivating. Freckleface Strawberry is undoubtedly a character that readers will enjoy seeing again. Reviewer: Denise Daley
School Library Journal
Gr 2—Freckleface Strawberry and Windy Pants Patrick are best friends. Their relationship is evident not only through their conversations, but also through the way they connect in the simple yet detailed Japanese brush pen and digital illustrations. However, their amity is challenged when the boys at school tell Windy Pants that boys don't play with girls, and the girls tell Freckleface that boys stink. Though they are both influenced to abandon their friendship, they are miserable without each other. Again, an illustration brings their closeness back to the story, in a chance meeting on the playground, when the two look at each other and realize that they love spending time together. By the end of the story, Freckleface and Windy Pants have learned how to disregard their peers and enjoy what they have in common. Though some might hastily regard this as a book for girls, with its sherbet-colored cover and main character redolent of Strawberry Shortcake, it has something to offer anyone willing to listen. In this third Freckleface book, Moore again shows that she can tap into the everyday lives of children who overcome the challenges of peer pressure and intimidation.—Lindsay Persohn, University of South Florida, Tampa