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Weird! (Weird! #1)

4.35  ·  Rating Details ·  131 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Luisa is repeatedly teased and called "weird" by her classmate Sam, even though she is simply being herself—laughing with her friends, answering questions in class, greeting her father in Spanish, and wearing her favorite polka-dot boots. Luisa initially reacts to the bullying by withdrawing and hiding her colorful nature. But with the support of her teachers, parents, ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published July 27th 2012 by Free Spirit Publishing (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jul 30, 2016 Carie rated it it was amazing
My 7 year old was recently bullied. This book was a fantastic book to read to him and start a productive discussion on bullying. Highly recommend.
Sep 02, 2014 Tami rated it liked it
The WEIRD! series relates a common bullying situation from three different perspectives: WEIRD! is from the viewpoint of the bully's target(Luisa); DARE! is from that of the bystander(Jayla); and TOUGH! is from the perspective of the bully, herself(Sam).

The bully situation, itself, is absolutely believable. Sam continually calls Jayla names and puts down how she dresses and the things she likes. When Sam switches her attention to Luisa, calling her "Weird!," and making snide comments about her p
Michelle's Book
This is a good book! I will read it to my students and it reminded of me when I was weird (still am). I like how the authors creates this to be ok.

I was given an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. This book cover is on my Pinterest board and my blog, Michelle Dragalin’s Journey.
Nov 30, 2012 Brindi rated it it was amazing
A great book for the child who is being bullied. And the illustrations are fabulous! Also comes with some helpful tips in the back.
Oct 06, 2012 Ariale rated it really liked it
I thought that these books were a good fit to my library in my classroom. It gives a good perspecitive on all angles of bullying.
Oct 08, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Series about bullying from three points of view; the bully, the victim and the bystander. Can't wait to read the next two!
Erika Gentry
Oct 08, 2016 Erika Gentry rated it it was amazing
This is one book of three books focused on 3 perspectives of bullying for elementary students. Weird focuses on the victim's perspective. It gives really good insightful details as well as suggestions for those students who are victims. Good for students in second or third grade through fifth grade. Every media center in an elementary school should own this series.
Sep 27, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
These books are a great resource for any school. There are many books about bullying available but what sets these apart from similar stories are the multiple viewpoints comprehensive and detailed section of activities and suggestions at the end of each story. My reviewers (aged 8 and 5) thought that this was great and wanted to try them all out.

The books work well individually but are perhaps best read as a set. The multiple viewpoints provide a valuable perspective on the different backgrounds
May 03, 2016 Nathan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, non-fiction
Awesome! I loved this book, it's so solidly good and I was completely impressed by it. The illustrations are well done, and I like how it they are used to add to the story. For example, Luisa is the only character in colour for most of the book, but as Luisa is changing more of herself because of Sam's bullying, her character becomes black and white instead (less of herself, get it?). I really liked how this was done.
Luisa is a great character, very relateable. The last few pages of the book are
Sep 07, 2013 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Walking by the new non-fiction display shelf, this cover caught my eye: the colorful lettering was a stark contrast to the sadness in the eyes of the young girl. This 3 part series addressed bullying from the perspective of Luisa, the victim, Sam the bully, and Jayla the relieved-it's-not-me bystander. Author Frankel packs a lot into her sparse text, the message is clearly conveyed that Luisa is being bullied by classmate Sam, so she changes the way she talks and acts in order to avoid the ...more
Sep 21, 2013 Suz rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-kid-lit, netgalley
This story shows how bullying makes the victims feel. The author shows us how Luisa feels after each of the bully's comments. She is frustrated because no matter what she changes about herself, the comments continue and she can hear Sam saying, "Weird!" When she finally talks to trusted adults about the problem, they help her find the strength to be herself. Luisa tells readers, "The more I act like I don't care what she says, the more I really don't care. And the more she thinks I don't care, ...more
*** I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads ***
(They kindly sent the other two books in the series as well.)
** The Giveaway was Listed By Elena (of Free Spirit) **
* I received my copy on Sat, Sept 01 2012 *


First book in the Weird Trilogy for kids, this picture book is told from the point of view of a girl who is being bullied at school. It goes through how she is being bullied, how she feels about being bullied, and what she does abou
Destiny Dawn Long
A full review is available at my blog:


Frankel’s voice is a breath of fresh air. She is able to get inside the heads of each girl and narrates in voices that feel fresh, honest, and real. At the same time, she doesn’t sacrifice literary style–the language is thoughtful and has a natural, easy flow. I was also impressed that each of her main characters are cool and likable in their own way–there are no pathetic outcast whiners or giant ignorant oafs
Oct 09, 2012 Peacegal rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humane-education
This is a wonderful and compassionate book on the subject of bullying for elementary school-aged students. In this story, a little girl is confused and hurt when her classmate constantly calls her "weird," no matter what she does. So she tries to change who she is in attempt to stop the bullying, but instead discovers that this just makes her feel worse. By the end of the story, the girl has reclaimed who she is and focused upon her classmates who like and value her for her personality.

Weird! i
Sally Bruesewitz
This book is about being accepting of yourself. Luisa has a bully, Sam. It seems as though Luisa can’t do anything without Sam calling her a weirdo. Luisa tries to change for Sam and loses herself (and joy) in the process. Luisa confides in her Mom and discovers she is wonderful just the way she is. At the end of this book there are the book’s characters perspectives on what they were thinking about and what they learned from the experience. This book is part of a series and has great graphics ...more
Jul 08, 2015 Dara rated it it was amazing
This is such a great little book that talks about being yourself and dealing with bullies. Luisa keeps getting picked on by Sam, who tells her she is WEIRD whenever she does something. Luisa eventually stops being herself so that Sam will stop calling her WEIRD, which she doesn't. Luisa finally gets fed up with not being herself that she eventually figures out that being more like herself and not caring about what Sam says is the way to go. She puts back on her polka dot rainboots and dances in ...more
Clare Cannon
Mar 21, 2013 Clare Cannon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, 04-8yrs
This book has a clear message for victims of bullying: you can be yourself and not care what they say about you. While that seems like it could be wishful thinking, the picture book takes you through various situations that show you how to live that attitude, and what can happen if you do. It could be useful for many kids who are either the bully victims, the off-siders or the bullies themselves. Reviewed for
Sunnyvale Librarian
The three-part series (Weird!, Dare! and Tough!) paints a picture of school-age bullying from the perspectives of the bully, the bullied, and the bystander. Each child learns to face her unique challenges with the help of friends and caring adults. This insightful series helps parents and kids
identify bullying behavior and provides tools for breaking the cycle of cruelty.
Maggie Burgess
Sep 26, 2015 Maggie Burgess rated it it was amazing
I didn't know this book was connected to the others by this author, but now I love it even more! GREAT strategies for a kid being picked on, and also a story that will bring awareness to kids about the perspectives of all sides- the bully, the victim, and the bystanders. Great strategies in back for the teachers/adults.
Jun 16, 2013 Elaine rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and series right off the bat but I had the wonderful opportunity to meet both the author and illustrator at BEA last month. I wound up having a lengthy conversation with Erin who is incredibly sweet. This book is perfect to help elementary school aged students understand how to deal with bullying. Also, Paula's artwork is magnificent.
Kelsey Bates
Aug 24, 2013 Kelsey Bates rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, raml
Great book about bullying. Includes a story in the beginning about a girl being bullied and how she stands up to it. The end contains good information for both the bully, the bullied and the bystander. Also has advice for parents. There are two other books in the series that feature the bully and the bystander.
Apr 05, 2013 Christy rated it it was amazing
Luisa is repeatedly teased and called "weird" by her classmate Sam, even though she is simply being herself—laughing with her friends, answering questions in class, greeting her father in Spanish, and wearing her favorite polka-dot boots. Luisa initially reacts to the bullying by withdrawing and hiding her colorful nature. But with the support of her teachers, parents, cla.
Donald Armfield
Aug 05, 2013 Donald Armfield rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Bullies were always the wannabes' in school. Pick on the children who they thought they were better than.

The message in this book is be yourself "Let Your Stars Shine" no matter what anyone thinks.

my kids loved it ages 10, 7, 3
Sharon Amolo
Mar 13, 2013 Sharon Amolo rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
These three books; Weird, Dare, and Tough have a wonderful message for students. Each tells the story from a different perspective. They would make such great discussion starters for kids, teachers, and counselors. I also love the tips they give at the back of the book.
Mar 02, 2016 Deborah rated it liked it
Shelves: children, nonfiction
Drilling down a bit more on the topic of bullying, Luisa realizes the effects of the bullying, shares her feelings with others and "fights back" by being herself.
Teresa Scherping
Sep 19, 2012 Teresa Scherping rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
A great story about loving yourself for the person you are and not worrying what others think. This one is definitely for grade schoolers and an excellent option in the "girl bullying" category.
This is one book in a series: each book tells the same story from a different point of view! Looks like a great book to start a discussion about bullying!
Amber rated it really liked it
Dec 31, 2014
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