Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully
The last time I played dodgeball I got hit square in the face and I was sitting on the sidelines. Keep reading…
Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully, written by Julianne Moore and illustrated by LeUyen Pham dives into the issue of fear. Freckleface Strawberry loves attending the Early Bird at school. At Early Bird, kids get to play BEFORE school starts. Freckleface Strawberry plays everything except dodgeball. She does not like dodgeball because it’s too fast and too hard, but mostly because of Windy Pants Patrick. Windy Pants Patrick is big. Windy Pants Patrick is fast. Windy Pants Patrick throws the ball TOO HARD!
In this bruising game of dodgeball, Freckleface Strawberry uses her vivid imagination to create an alter ego, a monster that helps boost her confidence and builds up her courage. Freckleface Strawberry learns that fear of the unknown is much scarier than the actual outcome, and that it is normal to be scared. For happy ending Freckleface Strawberry’s new found courage and confidence gains the bully’s respect and the two become friends.
Super cute, colourful and quirky, the illustrations are rendered in Japanese brush pen and digitally coloured. LeUyen Pham has a gift for animating characters, especially children. She has the ability to capture their energy and expressions. Freckleface Strawberry and her schoolmates have so much spunk, you can feel their energy bouncing of the pages.
Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully, a children’s book review by Thao Lam
Author Julianne Moore
Covered in freckles with long red hair, Julianne Moore’s nickname as a child was Freckleface Strawberry, a name she found humiliating and appalling. Moore loved to read as a child. Her family moved a lot and reading was something she could always take with her. Julianne Moore has been advocating reading among children for a long time. She is a member of Reach Out and Read, a children’s literary organization dedicated to educating parents on the importance of reading to their children. She is also the U.S. Ambassador for Save the Children – a very busy and wonderful lady, Ms. Julianne Moore.
Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully is the second in the series of stories Moore wrote based on her childhood; her first being Freckleface Strawberry, previously showcased on B is for Books.
Illustrator LeUyen Pham
Once in a while I would get an email invite from LeUyen Pham to a book signing. Though super excited to be part of her mailing list, it only acts as a reminder of all the things I am missing out on, living in the cold north. Has anyone checked out her new book, All the Things I Love About You? It’s on my Christmas list.
Publisher Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (April 28, 2009)