Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully: A Freckleface Strawberry Story

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Freckleface Strawberry loves the Early Bird program at school because it means extra time on the playground–except when it rains. Rain means indoor playtime...and facing the school bully Windy Pants Patrick in a bruising game of dodgeball. Ignoring him seems the safest thing, but what's our freckled heroine to do when she's forced to confront the bully alone? Beat him at his own game, of course. A funny, inspiring story about an all-too-common problem that kids, parents, and ...

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Overview

Freckleface Strawberry loves the Early Bird program at school because it means extra time on the playground–except when it rains. Rain means indoor playtime...and facing the school bully Windy Pants Patrick in a bruising game of dodgeball. Ignoring him seems the safest thing, but what's our freckled heroine to do when she's forced to confront the bully alone? Beat him at his own game, of course. A funny, inspiring story about an all-too-common problem that kids, parents, and teachers will easily relate to.

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For most adults, Julianne Moore is a four-time Academy Award nominee, but for thousands of young girls, this charming, North Carolina–born redhead is the author of the unabashedly autobiographical Freckleface Strawberry. In this picture book, Moore, aided by the talented artist LeUyen Pham, offers a reassuring story about coping with playground bullies.
Publishers Weekly

Actress Moore's exuberant heroine with strawberry-red freckles and hair is back in this second outing. A bright palette and a classic cartoon feel should prove eye-catching, as Freckleface navigates the world of playground activities: "She plays four square and jump rope-good. She plays tetherball-okay." Conjuring her inner purple monster helps her to overcome her fear of the dreaded dodgeball and make friends with a bully. Those with dodgeball-related trauma may relate, though the bully is none too scary, and Freckleface gets over her fear pretty easily. Ages 3-8. (May)

Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
This is the second book featuring the feisty and appealing character, Freckleface Strawberry. When her parents have to go to work early, Freckleface has to go to Early Bird where the kids get to play before school starts. She gets to play all kinds of games except when it rains, and then she has to play dodgeball. Freckleface not only does not like the game, she has to contend with Windy Pants Patrick who throws the ball too hard. She decides to stay in the back and practice pretending to be a monster. She practices her moves while everyone else is getting hit by the ball, but eventually she is the only one left. When she finally gets hit by the ball, she discovers it does not really hurt. She also discovers she is not afraid anymore and gives out a monster roar which actually scares Windy Pants Patrick. A nice ending finds the two of them playing together on the jungle gym monkey bars. The story is a excellent example of how some fears are groundless and can be overcome, so it is a good lesson along with being an entertaining story. The illustrations are bold and lively, complementing the tone of the theme. It is also a great book to read aloud to young children and discuss how Freckleface solves her problem. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Freckleface Strawberry returns with a solid dose of imaginative fantasy to bolster her confidence. The little redhead now faces DODGEBALL—"Scary dodgeball,/Hairy dodgeball," and formidable Windy Pants Patrick. The resident terror of the early-morning program is noisily frightening, aggressive, big, and fast, especially with dodgeball in hand. After he eliminates all standing students, Freckleface Strawberry calls on her inner monster and overcomes her fear of both ball and bully. "ROAR! I'm a monster, and I don't care!" Bold cartoon-inked graphics are large and full of activity, and the pictures of the bully show that he is truly one to avoid. Freckleface Strawberry appears somewhat scary herself when pretending to be a monster, but young children may relate to her as she finds her strengths.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services Plano ISD, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599903163
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 4/27/2009
  • Series: Freckleface Strawberry Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 300,617
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD380L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore is a four-time Academy Award-nominated actress. Married and the mother of two young children, she lives in New York City.

LeUyen Pham graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, worked as an animator for Dreamworks, and is now the illustrator of several picture books, including Grace for President, Freckleface Strawberry, and Big Sister Little Sister. She lives with her husband in San Francisco, California with her husband and young son. www.leuyenpham.com

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  • Posted June 20, 2009

    I am an Elementary School Counselor and I have read this book and the original "Freckleface Strawberry" to some of my students so we can discuss namecalling and how we are all unique and special.

    I hope she writes more "Freckleface Strawberry" books--they are great to use with elementary school children.

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