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Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully (original 2009; edition 2009)

by Julianne Moore, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)

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Title:Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully
Authors:Julianne Moore
Other authors:LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
Info:Bloomsbury USA Childrens (2009), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 40 pages
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Tags:picture book, freckleface series, julianne moore, celebrity author, dodgeball, sports, gingers, red heads, fear, anxiety, bullies, school, imagination, friendship, conflict resolution, RECOMMEND, bravery, bullying, realistic picture book, realistic, feelings, emotions

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Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully by Julianne Moore (2009)



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37 months - we really enjoyed the first FFS book and this one was ok but a bit odd. We enjoyed her creativity and conquering her fear and making a new friend too. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
likes to play but is afraid because of the girl who throws the ball hard and kicks. Overcomes fears and stands up for herself.
  cadyVdean | Dec 8, 2014 |
I picked Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully up at the half off sale day at Goodwill. (You don't have time to read books at a store, especially on that day.) I thought the drawings were cute and that it would go well with a bullying unit or if the subject should arise in my future classroom. Today I sat down and read the books. The drawings continued to be cute and the writing wasn't terrible. I liked that the book made going to school and going to before school programs sound like fun and not like something a child should dread. Freckleface Strawberry has a few problems that kids can identify with. Some kids are scared and hate dodgeball, something I believe they shouldn't be forced into playing. She also is afraid of a kid because the kid is a "bully" and throws too hard. (I'm not entirely sure if that qualifies him as a bully or an over zealous boy. We all know those boys who throw too hard and they don't do it to be mean.)

However, Freckleface is forced to confront her fears, and by confront I mean cower on the ground. She finds out that it doesn't hurt that much, which is slightly contradictory to the fact that the kids who do play are scared of him when they get out and this is repeated every day they play. From that we'd take it that he always throws hard, unless he took pity on poor Freckleface Strawberry.

Overall, the drawings are cute and it might be a book children enjoy. While I say let kids enjoy it, I also say that it doesn't really have a teachable plot or lesson hidden within. It's slightly disappointing that she didn't have a real chance to address the bully and to stand up for herself. ( )
  carissaburks | Sep 9, 2014 |
A little girl with freckles wants to play dodgeball but is scared because of the bully that throws the ball are hard at kids.

Ages 4-6
Source: Pierce College Library ( )
  larisharenee | Mar 13, 2014 |
Freckleface Strawberry loves when her parents go to work early because that means she gets to go to a before school program and play before class starts. She love playing outside and is really good at pretending she is a monster. She does not like rainy days though because that means she has to play dodgeball indoors and dodgeball looks scary and looks like it hurts really bad. Especial when Windy Pants Patrick is throwing the ball. Windy Pants Patrick is the dodgeball bully and he plays too rough. So one day when Freckleface has no choice but to play dodgeball indoors, she bids in the back and pretends she is imagining by herself so that Patrick won't think she is playing and won't hit her. But when she is the only kid left who isn't "out", Patrick takes aim at her and she prepares for the worst. When it hits her, she realizes that it didn't actually even hurt and she roars like a monster saying "I'm out and I don't care." This frightens Patrick and Freckleface comforts him telling him she is just pretending. They sort of bond and the next day they play outside together and nobody gets bullied or scared. An appropriate book for ages 4-6.
(Pierce College Fort Steilacoom library)
  EmilyDean | Feb 13, 2014 |
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Windy Pants Patrick who likes to throw the dodgeball really hard changes his ways after meeting Freckleface Stawberry's imaginary monster.

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