Andy Shane and the Very Bossy Dolores Starbuckle

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Andy Shane and the Very Bossy Dolores Starbuckle is a story that teaches children how to deal with bullies.  The book is reviewed by Melissa G. at Sweet on Books.

What You Need to Know:
• The story is short and very manageable for new readers, but the writing style and use of chapters will make children feel like they are reading a more grown up book.
• Most children will relate to the difficulties of adjusting to school rules and dealing with the kids in the classroom.
• Andy Shane sets a good example of how to behave.
• Note that Andy lives with his grandmother and there is no mention of his parents – this may bring up questions which are not answered in the story.
• Although simple, the words are well chosen and offer more depth than you would expect at this reading level.
• The illustrations, done in black pencil and black watercolor wash, are integral to the story and fun to look at.

Sweet Book Summary:
Andy Shane is not having a good day at school and know-it-all Dolores Starbuckle is making things even worse. She shouts out her answers, acts like she’s the teacher and is always ready to point out when Andy is doing something wrong. He is determined not to go back to school but his grandmother knows how to convince him that he should. Luckily for him, she is also there to help him figure out how to handle his problems. The repetition of key phrases, great descriptions such as “waved her arms like a willow tree in a windstorm” and the short, meaningful sentences make Andy Shane a great read-aloud.

Author: Jennifer Richard Jacobson Illustrator: Abby Carter Published: 2006, 64 pages
Themes: Bullying, Excellent Read-Aloud, Feelings, Friendship, Grandparents, School

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