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The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill
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Jun 22, 2012

it was amazing

The Recess Queen, written by Alexis O’Neill and illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith, is a beautiful realistic-fiction trade book with a powerful message. It is a story about a school bully named Mean Jean and the transformation she undertakes after meeting new student, Katie Sue.

Alexis O’Neill is a talented writer that understands how to play with language and repetition to create a masterpiece that is both fun to read and listen to. The repetitive nature of the book provides natural opportunities for even the youngest of children to chime in and actively participate in the reading.

Laura Huliska-Beith did an amazing job capturing the action and the emotion of the story through her illustrations. The bright colors she used and the details she included added so much to the plot and character development. The layout of the print, the font choice and the use of bolded words made the text jump out begging to be read. And if read, The Recess Queen will not disappoint.

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