The Amazing Frecktacle

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Silly story doesn't tax children's intellect.





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No one treats anyone else too nicely here.

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Parents need to know that this book is full of humor and excitement, equally entertaining as a read-aloud or a read-alone.

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What's the story?

Nicholas has 5,792 freckles, and he hates every one--and the teasing they inspire from his classmates and even his teacher! But when evil Mr. Piddlesticks offers Nicholas a chance to get even, he finds out that revenge isn't all it's cracked up to be. This is a lightweight, silly story that appeals to children without taxing their intellect.

Is it any good?


Kids who have been teased about their looks will cheer for the revenge Nicholas Bell imposes on his classmates. Vengeance may not seem like an appropriate theme for children, but kids will love the consequences exacted by Mr. Piddlesticks. This bit of fluff quickly entertains and is just as quickly forgotten.

Kids are captivated by this harmless tale of good and evil, and don't be too surprised to find your child reading THE AMAZING FRECKTACLE by flashlight after lights-out.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about teasing. Would Nicholas have minded his freckles if he weren't teased about them? Has teasing over someone's appearance ever made you uncomfortable?

Book details

Author:Ross Venokur
Book type:Fiction
Publication date:January 1, 1998
Number of pages:135
Publisher's recommended age(s):9 - 12

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