CHESTER RACCOON AND THE BIG BAD BULLY by Audrey Penn

CHESTER RACCOON AND THE BIG BAD BULLY

From the "Kissing Hand" series
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Age Range: 4 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The author of The Kissing Hand (1993) revisits her raccoon family in this sappy and didactic tale about coping with a bully. Chester and his siblings do not want to attend school; their mother finally discovers that a badger is bullying them regularly. She gives them the kissing-hand treatment and sends them off to school. When they return home and recount the bully’s activities, she gathers all the schoolchildren together and tells an allegorical tale about how to smooth the rough edges of a bully. Of course, it works instantly (and without following the logic of the allegory), and they all become great friends. Jarring changes of perspective and highly anthropomorphized Disney-esque animals assault the senses with color and complete coverage of each page. The slick, Photoshopped quality of the illustrations reflects the facile text. Unfortunately, this is sure to be requested by the many adult fans of The Kissing Hand; steer them to the likes of Helen Lester’s Hooway for Wodney Wat (1999) or Anthony Browne’s Willy books for kid-savvy treatment. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-933718-15-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Tanglewood Publishing
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2008




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