Just One Flick of a Finger
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Just One Flick of a Finger

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A young boy takes a gun to school to scare off the bully who has been tormenting him, and the gun is accidentally fired during a scuffle.
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Dial Books
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Illustrated by David Diaz.

A boy takes a gun to school to scare off the bully who has been tormenting him, and the gun is accidentally fired during a scuffle. The title: "Just One Flick of a Finger" reminds me very much of the Gun Song from Sondheim's "Assassins", and the line "All you have to do is crook your little finger".

Stunning digital art backgrounds, with lots in them if you look hard enough. The pastel/charcoal illustrations are more detailed than the previous Diaz book I read (Smoky Nig...more
Kim Young
Just One Flick of a Finger is a story about a young man who has to learn the hard way about the danger of guns and the pressure of wanting to be cool in school. When Jack brings his father's gun to school in order to protect himself from a bully, his friend Sherms tries to warn Jack about the dangers of guns. But Jack is convinced that showing off his gun will gain him respect and he decided to threaten the bully with it. When his friend Sherms sees Jack pulling out the gun, Sherms tackles Jack...more
This would be a good book for the right child in middle or high school. The read might be hard for some children. The illustrations and colors are beautiful. Using the illustrations only, the book could be used for ELL students/families to write their own story in their native language. I am planning on using this book for a read aloud with gang affected children I work with.
Sarah Benson
This picturebook deals with intense and modern issues. The first person, verse like style of the text works well in establishing the narrator and the urban setting and would be most effective read aloud. Bold, stylized paintings are juxtaposed with digitally enhanced backgrounds that work with the intense content of the book.
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