Veggie’s Bully by C. JoVan Williams

15 May

It’s May 15th and how many accelerated reader points do I have?!? With the addition yesterday of the unabridged Three Musketeers by Alxeandre Dumas, Brian’s Return by Gary Paulsen, and Crooked Star’s Promise by Erin Hunter, I have –

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I have until 3pm today to meet my goal of 1500! Will I do it?!? I’m actually kind of nervous I won’t… but I have three books to take tests on today that should put me over the top… as long as I get the answers right on the tests…

Wish me luck!

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Veggie’s Bully (Chef ReCee Jay & Friends – Book 2)

By C. JoVan Williams

Illustrated by Jennifer Chappell

34 pages – ages 4+

Published by CreateSpace on December 28, 2012

Veggie Bunny is sad and feeling bad about herself. Piggie is bullying her and making her feel like she is worthless and not good at anything. Veggie’s friend Carb Monkey wants to get even with Piggie by doing mean things back to him. Uncle Bear lets the kids know that “getting even” is not the right way to deal with a bully. Uncle Bear tells Veggie to be her very best no matter what someone may say.

I love the message in this book! I think that the Carb character saying he wants to bully Piggie back and his Uncle Bear (does that make him a money’s Uncle *snicker*) telling him it’s wrong makes a great point for kids, especially since the book is meant for younger kids! I think it is a real reaction for kids who get bullied to want to get even, but Uncle Bear points out that makes you the same as the bully. I like how Ms. Williams takes Veggie through all the emotions of sadness, anger, and embarrassment – all things kids feel when they are bullied. In the end, Veggie Bunny learn to believe in herself and ignore Piggie. I think all kids should learn this. The illustrations were large and bright. They were a little too simple for my taste, but I can see how young kids will like them. They did work well in the ebook version of the book on my black and white Kindle.

I really LOVE what Ms. Williams says in the dedication of her book – “This book is dedicated to everyone, young and old, who may have run into a few “Piggies” in their life. Currently there are over 7 billion people in the world. Don’t let the spoiled words of a few ruin your day.”

Despite the fact I’m not too fond of the pictures, Veggie’s Bully has a five bookworm message! fivebooks

Check out the trailer!

To learn more about the Chef Recee Jay & Friends series, please visit the official website HERE!

Follow Chef Recee & Jay on Facebook HERE!

Follow Ms. Williams on Twitter HERE!

37 Responses to “Veggie’s Bully by C. JoVan Williams”

  1. Susanna Leonard Hill May 15, 2013 at 6:44 am #

    This sounds like a wonderful book for kids with an important message, Erik, thanks for sharing. And good luck with your points! I know you can do it!! πŸ™‚

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  2. ontheplumtree May 15, 2013 at 8:54 am #

    it is never easy to maintain self-esteem when it is being attacked by a bully. Always a great subject to write about.

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 15, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

      I think it would be hard to have good self esteem if someone was always picking on you. Books like this one are important!

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  3. julie rowan zoch May 15, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    Good luck with your goal – sounds like you are already a winner to me! I have a few ‘piggies’ in my May ms; I might need to take a look at Veggie’s Bully.

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 15, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

      Thanks Ms. Zoch! I really like how this story was told and well for young kids. Good luck with your May MS!!!

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      • julie rowan zoch May 15, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

        Thanks – hey, how many more weeks of school for you? Hard to tell when my son’s HS is out because they have so many finals these next weeks, but I think the last classes are around the 24th of May. And what about your 1500pt goal – did you manage?

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      • thiskidreviewsbooks May 16, 2013 at 7:43 am #

        I think our last day of school is June 5th but it may have changed because of snow days. 😦 I’ll ask my mom if she knows. YES I GOT TO 1503.9 POINTS!!! WOO HOO! I was kind of scared I would get some wrong on those last tests I took, but I got them all right! πŸ˜€

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      • julie rowan zoch May 16, 2013 at 10:35 am #

        WUNDERBAR!!!

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      • thiskidreviewsbooks May 16, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

        Wonderchild? Wonderful? I’m guessing German? Anyway I am EXCITED I made my goal!!!

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      • julie rowan zoch May 16, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

        2nd guess is correct! I’m super excited for you too!

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      • thiskidreviewsbooks May 16, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

        Thank you! πŸ˜€

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      • thiskidreviewsbooks May 16, 2013 at 7:48 am #

        I just asked my mom – it’s June 7th now 😦

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      • julie rowan zoch May 16, 2013 at 10:37 am #

        Not bad – growing up on Long Island we never got out before the 20th, in my memory!

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      • thiskidreviewsbooks May 16, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

        πŸ™‚

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  4. Catherine Johnson May 15, 2013 at 10:48 am #

    Sounds very good for kids, Erik. I do hope you get your reading in in time. I love the illustrations.

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  5. Joanna May 15, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    Hey, Erik, good luck with your reading goal. I like the emotional content in this bullying story.

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  6. C Jovan Williams May 15, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    Thank you for the review! And I should add to that dedication piece…’Don’t let the spoiled words of a few ruin your day…or your life!’

    Thanks again for the gracious review and I hope you reach your goal too! πŸ™‚

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 15, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

      Thank you for taking the time to comment here Ms. Williams! I really love the addition to the quote!

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  7. Jess@Fairday's Blog May 15, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

    This book sounds like it has a great message. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Elle Carter Neal May 15, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    Good luck! I’m sure you’ll make it.

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  9. K.L. Pickett May 15, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

    Wow! I can’t believe how many points you have! I teach fourth grade and (sadly) my kids don’t come close. I’m crossing my fingers that you’ll reach your goal!

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 16, 2013 at 7:45 am #

      Thank you Ms. Pickett! I read a lot. I know I read more than a lot of kids. I’m not real good in sports, but I am an Olympic reader!

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  10. Patricia Tilton May 15, 2013 at 10:40 pm #

    Wishing you a lot of luck withyour reading goal. Have never known anyone like you! Good luck! I enjoyed your book review on bullying a lot. Glad there are so many out there.

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  11. Michelle Isenhoff May 16, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    I’m on pins and needles here. Did you make it??
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  12. readingwithrhythm May 16, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

    Congratulations on reaching your goal!!! WooHoo!! And how do you celebrate that? This Veggie Tale sounds pretty cute. Kind of a mishmash of characters. But an excellent message for kids these days. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. KidLitReviews May 16, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    Interesting using vegetables for the characters. YOur review is good and I love the message, but I am not thrilled with the illustrations. This one is not for me.

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  14. Myra GB May 19, 2013 at 12:39 am #

    Five bookworms! That sounds like a pretty good book indeed. When I was a young girl, I hated vegetables. Never ate them. I only started eating greens and salad when I got pregnant and now I love it. I wish I had this book to read when I was younger. πŸ™‚

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