Thursday, July 25, 2013

Review: Lilly Traps the Bullies (Formac First Novels) by Brenda Bellingham


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
Lilly and Theresa run into bullies at the pool, Spider and Bugsy, who tease Theresa but take an interest in Lilly. Lilly faces tough decisions about being a good friend versus trying to fit in. Brenda Bellingham’s story emphasizes the importance of problem-solving and teamwork in standing up to bullying.
MY TAKE:
It's nice to read a book like this wherein the bullies get what's coming to them, but in a humorous instead of dramatic way.

In Lilly Traps the Bullies, Lilly meets two bullies who she likes spending time with. However, these two bullies are making life miserable for her friend Theresa. Now Lilly must decide if she'd rather be with her old friends or with the new ones.

I felt a little bit bad for Lilly's friend Theresa. While there were moments wherein I sided more with Lilly who seemed to be getting irritated with Theresa, Theresa has good intentions so it's hard to hate her.

The plot itself isn't particularly new, but I did enjoy seeing how the bullies were put in their place. I could imagine seeing that exact scene in a movie like Diary of a Wimpy Kid or a Disney cartoon show.

Overall, it's a pretty quick chapter read and would be good reading for young elementary school kids.

Thanks to NetGalley and Formac for the e-copy.

THE GOOD:

  1. The bullies are made to look pretty silly.
  2. It's a book about friendship.
  3. Kids may be able to relate well to it.

THE BAD:

  1. The book feels like it could be just a couple of chapters in a longer novel.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
Going for a burger sounds like fun - like we're teenagers.
READ IT IF:

  1. Your child is being bullied.
  2. Your child has a friend who is being bullied.
  3. Your child is looking for an easy chapter-read book.

RATING:
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