A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully provides the perfect venue for discussing bullying on the playground, especially the kind that happens as part of a game or in ordinary playground activity. A game that scares or intimidates kids isn't much fun; games wherein no one feels scared make everyone happier. Sometimes, though, things seem scary when they really aren't: The little girl learns that being hit by the dodgeball really doesn't hurt and isn't as scary as she thought.
Freckleface Strawberry is able to figure out a way to deal with the larger boy who's bullying her and others in a dodgeball game by beating him at his own game. He realizes how it feels to be scared, and discovers he has more fun playing with his new friend than intimidating her. Games that don't scare anyone can be more fun.
Positive Role Models
Freckleface Strawberry loves going early to school just so she can play outside with the other kids. When she's forced to play a game that scares her, she faces her fear and comes up with a creative solution for dealing with a bully. In fact, they both learn a lesson and become friends.
Violence & Scariness
The playground bully really enjoys smacking the other kids with the ball when playing dodgeball. Kids will see from the illustrations that It scares many of them.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents should know Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully is the second title in Julianne Moore's picture book series about a feisty little girl named Freckleface Strawberry. This time she's dealing with a playground bully, a scary game, and her own fears, not her freckles. Her story offers a great opportunity to talk about the bullying that can happen as part of a game, as well as what makes a game fun or not.
Is It Any Good?
Julianne Moore's storytelling is inspiring and hilarious (especially when read aloud), and her character Freckleface Strawberry is as cute and indomitable as ever. The story of Freckleface Strawberry and Windy Pants Patrick will sound very familiar to most people, kids and adults alike, especially if they've ever played dodgeball.
The expressive brush and digital illustrations of LeUyen Pham again are the perfect complement to Moore's playful narrative that teaches a gentle lesson. Those who liked the first Freckleface book are sure to love this second adventure, and will look forward to hearing more of this brave little character.
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