Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully

Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully

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by Julianne Moore, LeUyen Pham
     
 

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?

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.

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599903170
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
04/27/2009
Series:
Freckleface Strawberry Series
Edition description:
Library Edition
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

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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Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Carissa_B More than 1 year ago
I picked Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully up at the half off sale day at Goodwill. (You don't have time to read books at a store, especially on that day.) I thought the drawings were cute and that it would go well with a bullying unit or if the subject should arise in my future classroom. Today I sat down and read the books. The drawings continued to be cute and the writing wasn't terrible. I liked that the book made going to school and going to before school programs sound like fun and not like something a child should dread. Freckleface Strawberry has a few problems that kids can identify with. Some kids are scared and hate dodgeball, something I believe they shouldn't be forced into playing. She also is afraid of a kid because the kid is a "bully" and throws too hard. (I'm not entirely sure if that qualifies him as a bully or an over zealous boy. We all know those boys who throw too hard and they don't do it to be mean.)  However, Freckleface is forced to confront her fears, and by confront I mean cower on the ground. She finds out that it doesn't hurt that much, which is slightly contradictory to the fact that the kids who do play are scared of him when they get out and this is repeated every day they play. From that we'd take it that he always throws hard, unless he took pity on poor Freckleface Strawberry. Overall, the drawings are cute and it might be a book children enjoy. While I say let kids enjoy it, I also say that it doesn't really have a teachable plot or lesson hidden within. It's slightly disappointing that she didn't have a real chance to address the bully and to stand up for herself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ReviewYourBook.com More than 1 year ago
I was delighted when Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully arrived in my mailbox. Grandchildren, Sarah and Ryan, were visiting and wanted to help me review the book. The cover is beautifully done and hints at the story inside. The first thing Sarah mentioned was the beautiful illustrations. The faces are expressive. Freckleface is an adorable redheaded girl. She loves to go to school early, so she can have extra playtime. She is very good at playing jump rope, tetherball, and four square. Sometimes they played monster, Freckleface?s favorite game. Early Bird playtime is fun, unless it is raining. If it rains, the students must play in the gym. The horrible, scary dodge ball comes out. Windy Pants Patrick throws the ball hard. He?s a bully. One day, when it was raining, Freckleface was the last person out. She realized the ball didn?t hurt as much as she thought and that Windy Pants Patrick was afraid of monsters. Sarah and Ryan both loved Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully. They learned the importance of making friends. They also learned that sometimes the things you are most afraid of are not really scary. Sarah said, ?I love to play dodge ball.? Ryan said, ?That bully was afraid of monsters; he wasn?t such a bad kid after all.? We give this book a 5-star rating. As a grandmother, I appreciate books that teach children to get along. Julliet Moore as a talented author as well as an incredible actress.