At a Glance
Humor, Realistic Fiction
- Gilpin’s illustrations are fun, and help to move the story along
- Quick, easy read
- Pottymouth’s made-up words are actually pretty fun
- Completely unrealistic, insensitive take on bullying
- stereotypical, cardboard characters
- the ending felt tacked on and insubstantial
- while it is trying to be funny, the humor is just over the top
Would I recommend this title:
The characters are very stereotypical–the main bully is a blonde cheerleader. The bullying was also unrealistic, and in my opinion insensitive. The teachers and the principal even get in on the bullying. The teachers weren’t just turning a blind eye to the bullying–they were actually participating.
The bullying just get tedious and eye-roll-worthy after awhile. There was no reprieve because the humor, in the face of this bullying was insubstantial. It almost felt like it was trying to go for Captain Underpants or Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets bullying, but it fell flat.
Early in the book, the mom tells Stoopid that there are worse things in life than being called a silly name. And then the book does nothing to show any fallacy in this statement. The ending felt tacked on. The book could have been saved by some kind of message that bullying is inherently wrong. But it never got there.