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There are 216 road narrative stories (that I'm interested in)
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Rooster Joe and the Bully: 06/18/18

Rooster Joe and the Bully

Rooster Joe and the Bully by Xavier Garza is a bilingual middle grade novella about a boy in Rio Grande Valley who loves to draw and has a problem with bullies. The bully is one of those kids who demands lunch money from the smaller, younger kids. Joe's favorite thing to draw are birds, specifically chickens and more specifically, a certain rooster.

As this book is very short even for a middle grade, there's not enough time to work through two plots: living with the bully to ultimately confronting or getting help with dealing with him; and his love of art and chickens. As it is, the story feels rushed, especially because nearly every page also has an illustration.

One good thing though is the bilingual nature of the book. The story is included in its entirety in both English and Spanish. Rather than put both languages side by side, the reader has to flip the book over to pick the other language.

Two stars

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