The Meanest Thing to Say (Little Bill Series)

The Meanest Thing to Say (Little Bill Series)

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by Bill Cosby, Varnette P. Honeywood
     
 

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Michael Reilly has introduced a new game to Little Bill and his friends. You get twelve chances to say something mean to another kid--and whoever comes up with the biggest insult is the winner. Insults start flying: "Jose hops with the frogs in science lab!" "Andrew eats frogs for dinner!" "Little Bill shoots baskets like a girl!"Little Bill tries to think of… See more details below

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Michael Reilly has introduced a new game to Little Bill and his friends. You get twelve chances to say something mean to another kid--and whoever comes up with the biggest insult is the winner. Insults start flying: "Jose hops with the frogs in science lab!" "Andrew eats frogs for dinner!" "Little Bill shoots baskets like a girl!"Little Bill tries to think of really mean things to say in retaliation. But Dad teaches him a strategy that enables Little Bill to save face while remaining the nice kid that he really is!

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Children's Literature - E. L. Thomas
Little Bill is confronted by a new boy at school with the intention of being mean under the guise of a name calling game. Bill is saved by the recess bell and has the evening to prepare his mean things to say. With some strategy from Dad, Bill turns the table on the verbal bully with embarrassing either party. The tactic presented may not always be successful but it does show young readers that there are ways to interact with other children without losing face or resorting to violence. It is part of the "Little Bill" series.
Children's Literature
Little Bill is great. In this installment of Cosby's series, it is a normal day for Little Bill except there is a new kid, Michael. "It didn't take him long to start trouble—just until recess." Michael wants to play a new kind of game, not basketball like all the other kids want. No, he wants to start a game called "Playing the Dozens" where each person gets a chance to say twelve mean things, and the one who says the meanest thing wins. Many of us have played some form of this game without thinking about the consequences. Little Bill learns that saying mean things makes him feel mean, and hearing mean things makes him mad. When he is still mad at home, his family helps out. His father remembers playing this game as a kid too. The perfect response, Little Bill learns, is not to keep adding insults, but to let them go—asking "so?" By using his new strategy, Little Bill deflects Michael's game of insults and gets back to basketball. And he even invites Michael to play. Cosby does this without being sickly sweet or cute. There are activities at the end of the book to increase reading speed and fluency. 2003 (orig. 1997), Scholastic, Ages 4 to 8.
—Amy S. Hansen
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3--Cosby turns his hand to writing, telling stories about situations that children often face. In The Best Way to Play, Little Bill, the narrator, and his friends get caught up in the excitement and marketing of their favorite TV cartoon, Space Explorers, and desperately want their parents to buy them the expensive video game. They become bored with it quickly, however, and realize that it's more fun to play Space Explorers outside. In The Meanest Thing to Say, Little Bill comes face to face with a bully. The Treasure Hunt takes him on a voyage of self-exploration. It seems to him that everyone in his family has a special quality. After a full day of searching, he discovers that his is "telling stories and making people laugh." These titles feature short chapters, making them appropriate for beginning readers--but they're also short enough to be read aloud. Honeywood's illustrations are bright and eye-catching, and show Little Bill and his friends and family as having distinctive personalities and characteristics. Each book comes with a letter to parents from a child psychiatrist about the subject matter in that book. While the writing is nothing extraordinary, Cosby has a good grasp of the issues and how the world looks through children's eyes. The primarily African-American characters also make these books welcome additions to easy-reader collections.--Dina Sherman, Brooklyn Children's Museum, NY

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590956161
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Series:
Little Bill Series
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.09(d)
Lexile:
350L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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