Veggie’s Bully by C. JoVan Williams

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!



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37 replies

  1. 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!! 🙂

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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. Hey, Erik, good luck with your reading goal. I like the emotional content in this bullying story.

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  6. 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! 🙂

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

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

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  9. 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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  10. 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. I’m on pins and needles here. Did you make it??
    🙂

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  12. 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. 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. 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. 🙂

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