Andy Shane and the Very Bossy Dolores Starbuckle
by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
School Library Journal
Starred Review. K-Gr 2–Andy Shane does not want to go to school and it's easy to understand why. Every time he tries to participate in a classroom activity, Dolores Starbuckle raises her hand to tattle on him, correct him, or otherwise steal his thunder. Luckily, Andy's Granny Webb (a wise lady who knows the scientific names for bugs) puts an end to the bullying with a surprise visit to school. This story offers a refreshing perspective on a common childhood issue. Rather than fighting Andy's battle for him, Granny simply models assertive behavior as she interacts with Dolores. The perceptive boy mimics her actions, finally standing up to his nemesis with strength and dignity. The characters are complex and realistic for the most part, though their silliness is a bit exaggerated at times. The narrative voice is fresh and whimsical as when an impatient Dolores waves â??her arms like a willow in a windstorm.â?? The pen-and-ink illustrations effectively depict Andy's frustration, Dolores's temper, and Granny's zany self-assuredness. Andy Shane is a welcome addition to the pantheon of compelling chapter-book protagonists. Children who feel upstaged by the Junie B.s of the world will be grateful to make his acquaintance.–Rachael Vilmar, Atlanta Fulton Public Library, GA
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