Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Super Luke Faces His Bully by Dr. Jackie C. Cogswell



Super Luke Faces His Bully is a fun loving adventure spoken straight from the heart of a super-sweet eight-year-old bully victim, Luke Giggleheart.  The Word of God is used as a lens to examine some of the issues that can make a person act like either a bully or a victim. During this adventure, Luke, our tender-hearted bully victim, learns about fear, being courageous and getting adults to help, while praying for his enemies.
Getting back to growing pains, my most humongous pain was when Bulldog Jones, the fifth grade bully, decided to be my bully. His real name is Harry, but because he is so mean, kids just call him Bulldog. For some reason, Bulldog didn’t like me. I’m not really sure why. My best friend, Mario Martinez, told me that Bulldog doesn’t need a reason to be mean, his hobby is being MEAN!

Mario once got so scared of Bulldog that he developed a red, itchy rash on his face and arms! Bulldog was so mean that he laughed as Mario scratched his arms over and over like a dog with a fresh case of fleas!

This is the neatest children's book I've seen on the subject of bullying.  Taken from a Christian perspective and scripture based.  I can't say I've seen one like this.  I believe it is targeted toward the 3-5 grade age group give or take a grade or two.  It is so cleverly written and the illustrations are unique in their own way.  They are a definitely illustrations.  They aren't pictures....


 I loved the appearance of each chapter beginning page also.  The chapter title.. a scripture or two that goes along with the chapter and the Chapter #.  the Chapter # runs vertical not horizontal, very different and catchy.


Some random things about SuperLuke, the main character:
  • He needs God's help to feel courageous, strong and brave
  • He likes meatball sandwiches and anything chocolate; even a chocolate cheeseburger
  • He has a bully named Harry "Bulldog" Jones
  • He has an imagination (AKA:  TV in his mind with channels)
  • He also likes using synonyms referring to BIG (example:   humongous, gigantic, etc.) 
  • He doesn't like to hear these words:  clean your room, okra, and homework, but what kid does?
  • He is amazed that Bible characters don't have last names
  • His favorite Bible character is King David

I give this book and the author 2 thumbs up and would give more if I had them.  The whole time I was reading this book I was thinking; as much as this messages is needed in the public schools I just don't think you'd find it in their library, because to the Biblical message that it is so full of.  That is what is so wrong with our schools we've kicked God and the Bible out.  I think 2-6 grade teachers would do well to use this book as a read-aloud to the class.  It is excellent.  It would be worth your while to check out the blog giveaways on this tour

 You may find an interview with the author @ my friend, Cheryl's blog The Children's and Teens' Book Connection

Dr. Jackie Chirco Cogswell is a family physician, wife, mother, former school teacher, and now author of a series of Christian children’s novels, the GIGGLEHEART ADVENTURE SERIES. Writing Christian books and reading the Bible has become her passion. In recent years, Dr. Jackie has been led to teach children of all ages how to prevent and stop bullying. As a Christian mother, the issue of bullying became very personal to her when her child was bullied in elementary school. Through the many struggles her son had with bullies, Dr. Jackie learned from firsthand experience how to tackle bullying from a Christian perspective. SUPER LUKE FACES HIS BULLY was inspired by her son’s personal struggle and the good Lord, “Who equips us for every battle andSuperLuke Cover gives us strength.” Visit Dr. Jackie only at www.giggleheart.com

 
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Check out the tour for blogs that are giving this book away during the tour.  Super Luke Faces His Bully Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

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A copy of this book was provided for  this review by Pump up your Book tours










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1 comment:

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the fabulous review of Dr. Jackie's latest book. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I think this would be a great book in our schools too.

Hope your readers get a chance to check this one out.