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The Recess Queen
Contributor(s): O'Neill, Alexis, Huliska-Beith, Laura (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0439206375     ISBN-13: 9780439206372
Publisher: Scholastic Pr
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Binding Type: School And Library - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: February 2002
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Annotation: In this sassy playground romp the irrepressible new kid dethrones the reigning recess bully by doing the unthinkable--she invites her to be her friend! Not only will kids relate to the all-too-common issue of bullying, but parents and teachers will appreciate the story's deft handling of conflict resolution (achieved without adult intervention). Full-color illustrations.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Bullies; Fiction.
Recess; Fiction.
Schools; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2001020841
Lexile Measure: 450
Academic/Grade Level: Toddlers, Ages 2-4
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.50" H x 9.25" W x 0.50" (0.95 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 55842
Reading Level: 3.0   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q27676
Reading Level: 2.6   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 1.0
 
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Publisher Description:
In this infectious playground romp, a new girl dethrones the reigning recess bully by becoming her friend. A fresh and original twist on the common issue of bullying.

Contributor Bio(s):
ALEXIS O’NEILL's all-time favorite game at recess was kickball. She also loved kick-the-can, hide-and-seek, and red rover, but she wasn't fond of dodge ball (ouch!). Alexis is grateful for the loyal, true-blue friends she has in her life. She lives in Southern California with her best, best friend (who has never ever been her worst best friend)--her husband, David, a computer wiz who makes her laugh.

LAURA Huliska-Beith was an enthusiastic “hopper” in the schoolyard, where she was often found playing hopscotch and jumping rope. A not-so-big kid, and now a not-so-big grown up, Laura lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with her four best, best friends (yes, she believes you can have four best, best friends): her husband Jeff, and their three dogs Roxy, Chloe, and Jake.


Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2002 Fall)
Mean Jean rules the schoolyard until a feisty, diminutive newcomer, Katie Sue, invites her to help break in a new jump rope, and the bully learns that being a tyrant is overrated. Though the rhyme is irregular, the language in this manic democracy lesson is lively (""sheÆd push æem and smoosh æem, / lollapaloosh æem""), and Huliska-Beith uses acrylics and collage to capture the power struggles from appropriately lofty perspectives. Copyright 2002 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2002 January #3)
A schoolyard bully is enlightened by the new kid in class in this lively story about the power of kindness and friendship. "Mean Jean was Recess Queen/ and nobody said any different," the tale begins. Each day at recess, Mean Jean blasts through the playground and her cowering classmates so that she can kick, swing and bounce before anyone else. No one dare cross her path: "She'd push 'em and smoosh 'em, lollapaloosh 'em." But when tiny Katie Sue, a new student, arrives, all bets are off. Unaware of the playground hierarchy, the new girl enthusiastically kicks, swings and bounces before the Recess Queen gets the chance. Her role usurped, Mean Jean moves toward a meltdown, until Katie Sue makes her an offer she finds difficult to refuse: an invitation to play together. O'Neill's (Loud Emily) text brims with fun-to-say phrases that fit a rollicking rhythm, and her assessment of recess dynamics feels authentic. Huliska-Beith's (The Book of Bad Ideas) memorable Jean busts out of the pages, all sneer, bluster and freckles. Swirling perspectives in the gouache-and-collage artwork provide a sense of movement and largesse. And humorous details, such as steam coming from Mean Jean's ears, or her bouncing another child like a ball, playfully convey the underlying drama of the situation. Ages 3-7. (Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2002 March)
K-Gr 3-Mean Jean is the recess queen. No one dares touch a ball, swing a bat, or slip down the slide until she says so. Until, that is, the day that Katie Sue shows up at school. Told in a rollicking rhyme, the story offers a lighthearted look at a serious topic in schools and on playgrounds everywhere-the bully. Katie Sue puts Mean Jean in her place in a surprisingly easy way-simply by being too new to know any better. In a nice twist, when confronted by Mean Jean, instead of backing away, the newcomer invites her to play. Thus she is transformed into a likable character at the end of the story, now surrounded by friends on the blacktop rather than foes. Both the text and the art are smart, sassy, and energetic. Rendered in collage and acrylics in vibrant shades of fuchsia, lime green, and azure blue, the illustrations showcase Mean Jean as an over-the-top cartoon character who is frenetic and effervescent. The text effectively dips, swirls, and slants around the action of the art, further marrying the two. This queen would make a perfect pair with another infamous female tyrant, the title character in Barbara Bottner's Bootsie Barker Bites (Putnam, 1992).-Lisa Gangemi Krapp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
 
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