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Author: Cynthia Dwyer

Illustrator: Lynnette Schuepbach

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Publisher: Thumbprint Press: One-of-A-Kind Books for Children,

Material: paperback

Summary: Philip wears glasses. As a result, he gets picked on. Eddie won't leave him alone. Ignoring Eddie it isn't enough. Then, he learns that Eddie has a weakness. What should he do? This is a picture book about bullying.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 10; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 6 to 10

Age of Child: Read by students at Northumberland Elementary School, Newport News, VA for the Reading Tub's Use Your ABCs program. Read with children ages 9 and 10.

Young Reader Reaction: We learned that it is not good to be a bully because one day you might need that same person's help. The kids connected to the story because they also deal with bullies at school sometimes.

Adult Reader Reaction: This book has a good message. Some kids think it is alright to be a bully. This offers a compassionate story that shows them the truth.

Pros: Kids can relate to both characters in the story and will walk away more attentive to how they treat kids.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a good resource for classroom discussions.


Educational Themes: This is a book about bullying. There are several places along the way you can stop and talk about what's happening, choices and consequences, and feelings. The book teaches kids that it doesn't feel good to be picked on. Use the book for role playing.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, health, illness, emotions

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2008

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