Do you remember the Bully in first grade? Many children face this issue on a daily basis, as Ima Nobody does in the excerpt from the book, Ima Nobody Becomes Somebody!"
"Ima, I never knew a Nobody that was somebody! All you Nobodys will never amount to anything, just like your name." This made Ima feel sad. It was then and there that Ima decided that she was going to prove to that Billy Do-good that she would in fact amount to something and be somebody.
You know these issues. Dealing with differences, and dealing with the reactions of those angered by it, are tough issues for young children to face. I encourage you and invite you to take the journey with Ima and her first grade classmates as they discover their own self worth, strengths, and weaknesses. You will find that this story does not tell children how to react to Ima's predicament. It does however show a positive way in which Ima deals with the situation. This is Book One in the Ima Nobody Series - be sure to follow along with Ima and her friends as they discover themselves and learn important life lessons along the way.
Title: Ima Nobody Becomes Somebody
Author: Brenda Poage
Genre: Middle grade fiction, Bullying
My Rating: 4/5
This is a story that takes a hard look at bullying from Ima Nobody's perspective. She is a little girl who wants to become somebody, but she is being bullied by her neighbour and classmate, Billy Do-good. She is quite the little scrapper and doesn't put up with his nonsense. What I really found inspiring is that even though he was bullying her, she still ended up taking the high road for the most part. She definitely stands up for herself!
This book reads quite smoothly, and kids would be able to understand it easily. It would be a great book for parents to read with their children as it definitely opens up the floor to parents who want to broach the subject of bullying with their children. Any child should be able to relate to the characters and should enjoy this story. All in all a great start to a new series.
Disclaimer: This book was received free of charge in exchange for an honest review.