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|Eddie the bully|
Author: Cole, Henry
Eddie enjoys being mean and bullying his fellow students until a new girl arrives and shows him how good it can feel to be nice.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.50
Points: .5 Quiz: 192308
School Library Journal (00/08/16)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 08/01/2016 PreS-Gr 2—Eddie is the class bully. At every opportunity, he picks on his classmates: calling them names, sabotaging their efforts, and tripping them up. For this reason, he is branded a troublemaker; no one likes him, and even his teachers have given up on him. Then a transfer student named Carla arrives. When she starts speaking to Eddie, all the others hold their breath. Here is the perfect target. But to their surprise, her kindness actually touches him. While the speed of this change of heart is completely unrealistic, Cole does effectively set up and explain the motivation for it. Eddie, who has alienated potential friends, is unconsciously lonely. When Carla gives him a taste of the alternative, Eddie realizes his mistake and does his best to play nice from then on. Cole does not point fingers; he does not delve into the reasons for Eddie's behavior or the effects that his actions have on the bullied. Instead, he focuses on the solution: kindness begets kindness. His amusing cartoon animal designs and soft palette choice establish a tone that supports this lesson, making the outcome plausible. VERDICT A finely tuned picture book with valuable messages for all children, including bullies. A great selection to read aloud or share with a small group.—Rachel Forbes, formerly at Oakville Public Library, Ontario, Canada - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 08/01/2016 Nobody likes a bully, and from the red-and-yellow front cover, where he stands with a big frown, it’s clear that this is why no one likes Eddie. In full-page spreads intermixed with smaller panels, readers see how Eddie, a chicken, impacts his classmates, insulting everything from body shapes, athletic and academic abilities, and even those who are just “average.” But when a friendly new classmate arrives and strikes up a conversation, something happens: Eddie, faced with kindness, suddenly realizes he enjoys being liked. While this is a message-driven book, emphasized by an opening author’s note, the use of animal characters creates child appeal. Cole is an expert at expressive animal faces—note that double-page spread where Eddie’s entire face changes as he realizes what it’s like to be liked! Though at first the new student appears to be a likely target for Eddie because of her size, her kindness makes her the heroine of this story. Pair with Stick and Stone (2015), by Beth Ferry, for another example of a supportive friendship. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.