Monday, June 08, 2009

Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully by Julianne Moore

It's a little unusual for me to discuss a picture book, but there's a major media campaign right now for Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully by Julianne Moore, with illustrations by LeUyen Pham. Since parents, grandparents, and teachers need all of the information they can use to help children cope with bullies, I thought it was an appropriate book to bring to your attention.

Freckleface Strawberry is a cute redhead who gets excited when her parents leave for work early, and she gets to go to Early Bird. She gets to play games before school starts, and that's fine except on rainy days when everyone has to play dodgeball indoors. Those are the days when all the children are threatened by a bigger boy, Windy Pants Patrick, who enjoys hitting the other kids as hard as he can, knocking them out of the game. However, one day, Freckleface Strawberry finds her own way to face down Windy Pants Patrick.

Moore's story, and the fun illustrations by LeUyen Pham provide a wonderful opportunity for caregivers to discuss bullies with their young children. Moore may have grown up to be an actress, but as a frecklefaced redhead, she understands as well as anyone what it means to be bullied. In this story, the bully doesn't pick on one individual story, but the entire group. If nothing else, this book provides talking points for caregivers and children.


Now, along with my short commentary, the following information is provided about the author, book, and subject. I hope this material proves helpful.


Acclaimed actress, and now beloved picture book author JULIANNE MOORE and bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham join talents again for FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY AND THE DODGEBALL BULLY. This time, their perky, loveable seven-year-old encounters a bully on the playground—Windy Pants Patrick—during a game of dodgeball. As the brute prepares to hurl his might at Freckleface and her friends, she must figure out how to summon the courage to stand up to him. Ms. Moore tackles this all-to- prevalent problem with both humor and grace.

It is Ms. Moore’s infusion of hilarity and heart that has won her praise from booksellers, educators, reviewers—and most importantly young readers!—for her debut picture book Freckleface Strawberry, a charming tale inspired by a childhood experience.

Nicknamed Freckleface Strawberry when she a young girl, Ms. Moore disliked the title as much as she disliked her red hair and freckles. “As a child, my hatred of my freckles was only matched by my love of reading,” said the author, who eventually grew to tolerate her red hair and freckles and find amusement in telling her own kids about her childhood nickname. Dodgeball isn’t based on personal experience, but creating a feisty character who makes the best of a bad situation—and does so with style and wit—is essential to Ms. Moore.

JULIANNE MOORE is U. S. Ambassador for Save the Children working with children and families in rural areas, focusing on literacy and early childhood education. She successfully launched the Save the Children Valentine program in 2008 whereby children’s book illustrators donated art work for cards, with the proceeds benefiting poverty in the United States. She is also a member of Reach Out and Read, a children’s literacy organization dedicated to educating parents on the importance of reading to their children, as well as an acclaimed actress who has appeared in such movies as
The Hours, Far from Heaven, The End of the Affair, and Boogie Nights. Ms Moore was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in acting from Boston University’s School of the Performing Arts. She now lives with her husband and children in New York City.

Julianne Moore also took the time to talk about being a frecklefaced redhead.

Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully by Julianne Moore. Bloomsbury, ©2009. ISBN 9781599903163 (hardcover).

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Clea Simon said...

I always liked Julianne Moore and as a former freckle-faced redhead (now somewhat faded) I enjoyed reading about this. Thanks!

Lesa said...

You're welcome, Clea! I imagine as another freckle-faced redhead, you were picked on as a child. I always felt sorry for them, but usually they grow into beauties.