This post is sponsored by Jimmy Patterson Books. Book received and prize pack provided.
One of the toughest parts about being a kid is dealing with bullies. They disrupt kids’ lives and could even make them not want to go to school. That’s why it’s important for kids to realize they are not alone and why I’m excited about the new book from Jimmy Patterson books: Pottymouth and Stoopid.
Here’s a quick summary of the book:
David and his best friend Michael were tagged with awful nicknames way back in preschool when everyone did silly things. Fast-forward to seventh grade: “Pottymouth” and “Stoopid” are still stuck with the names—and everyone in school, including the teachers and their principal, believe the labels are true.
So how do they go about changing everyone’s minds?
By turning their misery into megastardom on TV, of course!
Follow their roller-coaster journey from the ultimate losers to the biggest winners, with more than 100 hilarious illustrations in this signature Patterson format. And this important story delivers more than just laughs—it shows that the worst bullying doesn’t have to be physical . . . and that things will get better.
Praise for Pottymouth and Stoopid
“This book is light and mighty. Funny and honest. And, in the words of one kid (who lives in my house), ‘It’s like he wrote about the people in my school (minus the limos and flufferknuckles, of course). Pottymouth and Stoopid is really, really good.’” —Kwame Alexander, Newbery Medal-winning author of The Crossover
“I have one word for this book: SUPERWONDERRIFIC.” —Jerry Spinelli, Newbery Medal-winning author of Maniac Magee and Stargirl
“A funny, poignant tale of two quirky boys who suffer from years of endless teasing. Pottymouth and Stoopid triumph in the end, but only after reminding us how painful bullying can be. Boys are going to love this story.” — Dr. Michael Thompson, New York Times bestselling co-author of Raising Cain
“Silly, insightful, and triumphant, POTTYMOUTH AND STOOPID proves that awesome humor goes hand-in-hand with making the world a better place. Pottymouth and Stoopid are full of heart and brain and joy. You’ll remember this book and these boys for a long time.” – Carrie Jones, New York Times bestelling author of the Need series, Time Stoppers, and co-editor of Dear Bully
Pottymouth and Stoopid was released this June for ages 9-12. It’s written by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein and illustrated by Stephen Gilpin.
I read the whole book and absolutely loved the ending. The beginning and middle tell about David and Michael’s troubles in school with bullies. I believe kids who are dealing with bullies may be able to identify with many of these parts. The book is written in such a way that you root for them to come out on top and when it happens in the end in such a grand way, you will find yourself cheering.
I loved the illustrations as well. Not only was the story a good one about true friendship but the illustrations and character sidebars added to the uniqueness and even gave the book just the right touch of humor.
Since reading this book I’ve been thinking about Logan dealing with some bullies at school. He’s had a bit of trouble this year with some kids and some of the things they said and did really bothered him. We made the teacher aware of it and thankfully it never escalated, unfortunately it did affect his enjoyment of recess and even school. The good news is this year he has made some really great friends and having those boys to turn to when the others were giving him problems was wonderful.
Logan and his friends enjoy playing football, soccer, kickball, wall ball (a game where they throw a ball against a wall and take turns catching it), four square and more. He loves being active and running around with his friends and in fact has an never ending game of tag going on with one of his friends who is actually a grade above him. They don’t see each other as often as they would if they were in the same grade, so when they do they immediately smile and race around playing tag. Their favorite part is sneaking up on each other to tag the other person when they are least expecting it.
Indoors he loves to play board games like Catan, Ticket To Ride, and more with his friends. And of course, there are always video games too. Like most kids they love anything electronic and have a great time playing video games together. I could list the games they like but while we make sure everything they play is family friendly, really if it’s played on a screen and has a controller they love it and the list would be a mile long! Video games are great fun for rainy days though.
And when it’s a beautiful day Logan loves to go to the lake with his friends. We live near a lake and spend lots of time there in the spring, summer, and early fall. His favorite things to do with his friends when we are there include: swimming, jumping off the dock, stand up paddleboarding, having water gun fights, playing catch (football, baseball, slingshot catch – it’s not really a slingshot, it’s fun game though), kickball, and making smores.
It’s funny many people ask if there is a difference in having a boy and a girl especially in their likes and dislikes. We are very lucky in that Kora and Logan both love the same things. They are both very active and sporty and are happiest running around playing with their friends. While other families may not be able to say the same, we are fortunate in that our kids enjoy doing so much together and they really are best friends themselves. They also get along incredibly well with each other’s friends so playdates become one big party.
We makes sure to make our home inviting to their friends by having a nice big yard to play in, to have lots of balls and other toys and games to play with. We have a soccer goal, a basketball hoop, and often have water balloons and water guns ready for hot days when we are at home and much more. In fact, even though we have talked to our one neighbor a bunch of times since we moved in nearly 3 years ago, just recently he asked again, “how many kids do you have?” He said he was sure we said we only had two but there are always so many kids over he thought we had more!
All of this talk of friendship and reading this book makes me realize the importance of friendship among young boys and that’s why I love the friendship between David and Michael in this book. Even though they are dealing with bullies they have each other and this helps them not feel alone.
I recommend Pottymouth and Stoopid to anyone who enjoys Jimmy Patterson books and to kids who may be dealing with bullies. I think this book offers a great escape and even a number of lessons and a few laughs along the way. It’s a great book for kids who are bullies as well because it show kids how your words and actions can impact others.
To learn more:
- Visit the official site of Pottymouth and Stoopid
- Follow JIMMY Patterson books on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
- Follow James Patterson on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
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