Thursday, June 18, 2009
Julianne Moore Pens the Perfect Book, Perfect Ending
Title: Freckleface Strawberry and Dodgeball Bully
Author: Julianne Moore
Illustrator: LeUyen Pham
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Reviewed by Carolyn Howard-Johnson
When I first heard about this book, my first thought was that freckle-faced kids need a book of their own because of the discrimination that goes around playgrounds. Race is not the whole issue. There is a panoply of physical traits kids can get teased for. Too white. Too fat. Too dark. Too skinny. When I was in high schoold, for heaven's sake, students call one of my friends Blue-Lips Burton.
My second thought was that the issue of bullies in school is finally getting the attention it deserves and this little children's book is perfectly timed.
And the third? It was that this book was probably based on a real-life event suffered by Julianne Moore as a child. Of course, she got the ultimate victory, exquisite, fragile and brilliant Julianne Moore of acting fame.
What I didn't expect was the ending! You will find it a surprise,too. It is perfect. Absolutely perfect.
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