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Teddy Spaghetti Featured
Kids Fiction 412
cute picture book that handles the heavy topic of bullying
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
TEDDY SPAGHETTI is the story of Teddy as he starts at a new school and meets a bully. Teddy has always loved spaghetti for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and he brings some with him for lunch on his first day. He makes some new friends, and as they are all sitting down for lunch, a bully comes over, yelling "TEDDY SPAGHETTI!" His friends stand up for him, and Teddy graciously shares his spaghetti with everyone, making friends with the bully also. When his mother asks what he would like for lunch the next day, Teddy requests spaghetti- with extra forks.

What I loved: The illustrations are very cute and really add to the story. The premise is interesting- with a topic that many children will encounter. It is really great to see Teddy's new friends sticking up for him, which gives children an example of what they can do when they witness bullying. Teddy also handles it graciously, finding common ground with his bully (though this may not always be possible).

This book is really ideal for the elementary school-aged crowd who can discuss how to handle similar situations. The book is word-heavy, which also conveys a more complex story for older picture book readers.

Final verdict: TEDDY SPAGHETTI is a cute book that tackles the heavy topic of bullying with light-hearted humor- and spaghetti.
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