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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Julianne Moore Pens the Perfect Book, Perfect Ending


Title: Freckleface Strawberry and Dodgeball Bully
Author: Julianne Moore
Illustrator: LeUyen Pham
ISBN 9781599903163
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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1 comment:

Nikki Leigh said...

Hi Carolyn

You are right - Julianne definitely won in the end, in many ways and the ending was great. It also leads into the next book in the series.

Thank you for hosting Julianne and Freckleface today. For people who would like to know a bit more about the book and the author, there are a series of videos with Julianne Moore on my YouTube channel - www.youtube.com/litekepr

Nikki Leigh