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Freckleface Strawberry and Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully by Julianne Moore, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Freckleface Strawberry and Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully

Just look at the energy that jumps off even these tiny thumbnail covers. What’s not to love?

In her debut, our spunky heroine, whom everyone calls Freckleface Strawberry, needs to “get rid of her freckles fast.” She tries everything from scrubbing them off, coloring herself with markers, and eventually hides herself under a colorful disguise … which just makes her sad and lonely until she realizes, “Who care[s] about having a million freckles when she had a million friends?” And life is joyful once again.

In the recent follow-up, Freckleface returns in all her gleeful glory to confront that scary, hairy dodgeball, which seems to come attached with overgrown Windy Pants Patrick. And she learns that friendship can appear in the most unexpected packages.

Yes, Freckleface is the creation of THAT Julianne Moore. The resemblance is just ticklish fun. But what really brings the adorable one to life is thanks to the prolific talents of illustrator LeUyen Pham who imbues her with colorful, delightful spirit – the kind that just makes you want to run down a giant hill with arms outstretched screaming “wahhhhhhhhh” convinced that you might just lift off. Which is exactly happens in Pham’s illustrations here … Freckleface lifts off beyond the page: Just look at her expressions while she works those lemons or the complete trust in her eyes when she offers the ball back to Windy Pants Patrick. Indeed, Pham creates a little bit of true magic.

Readers: Children

Published: 2007 and 2009


  • Freckleface Strawberry is one of my daughter’s favorite books. I bought it because I love Ms. Pham’s work, especially “Big Sister, Little Sister.”

    • terryhong

      I’ll be adding more of her titles as I continue to populate the blog backwards … am a MAJOR fan of Ms. Pham’s work, as well. She really knows how to literally bring stories off the page and into our hearts.

      I’m sure we’ll be gleefully awaiting her future titles, too.

      And thanks for visiting (again!). Come back soon!

  • Ello

    I did not know about this book but I’m running out to buy it just because of the art! You nailed it about her art – It is just so vibrant and alive! Love it!

    • terryhong

      Be sure to get BOTH books. They only get better because of the art!

      Thanks (AGAIN and ALWAYS) for visiting, too!

  • I always read – rarely comment. You are in my Google Reader. 🙂

    • terryhong

      Please DO comment anytime, all the time! Really truly appreciate knowing I’m not in a total vacuum. And we’ll keep reading together!

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