Marlene, Marlene, Queen of Mean

Marlene, Marlene, Queen of Mean

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Glee actress Jane Lynch takes a look at bullying head-on in her first picture book.
Marlene is the self-appointed queen of the playground, the sidewalk, and the school. She is small but mighty . . . intimidating! Known for her cruel ways, the little Queen of Mean has kids cowering in fear--until big Freddy stands up to her and says what everyone has been too fearful to say. In Seussian rhyme, actress Jane Lynch, clinical psychologist Lara Embry, and former children's book editor A. E. Mikesell gently and comically depict the undoing of a bully and her efforts to reform. Tricia Tusa's charming illustrations make the story an even more accessible conversation starter for all ages.
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, ©2014.
ISBN: 9780385379083
Branch Call Number: Z LYN
Characteristics: 26 unnumbered pages : colour illustrations ; 29 cm.


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SPL_Childrens Jun 23, 2016

A review of this book can be found in the "Summary" section. The review was published in the Stratford Gazette in November 2015.

Jan 24, 2015

Surprisingly well done . Written by a celebrity had my doubts but pleasantly enjoyed this book. Nicely illustrated and relays a good message.

Jan 19, 2015

Didn't know what to expect since celebrities delving into the world of picture books can be very hit and miss. This book was wonderful! Fun rhymes, good pictures, great message. Despite having a pretty girly cover, it will really appeal to boys and girls.

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Feb 03, 2015

libraryeri thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 6


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SPL_Childrens Jun 23, 2016

“Marlene, Marlene, the queen of the mean, was known for being quite cruel.”
And this was not a good thing … but it was true. For although Marlene was small in stature, she was very intimidating. In fact, she was a bully. She scowled and glared; she yelled; she pinched and kicked and played mean tricks. She was the “self-proclaimed queen” of the classroom, the playground, the school and the sidewalk!
That was the situation until the day when a fellow student, Freddy, stood up to Marlene and said, “You’re just a bully!” Turning to the other students, he explained, “We cringe and we cower and give her our power because we all think she’s in charge.”
From that moment the other students realized that Marlene wasn’t so scary after all. They refused to be intimidated by her - and with the wind taken out of her sails, Marlene stopped her bullying behaviour.
The story is realistic: Marlene didn’t always find it easy to be kind after she changed her ways. Despite her efforts, she sometimes slipped up.
Can there ever be enough children’s stories about dealing with mean kids and bullying? Not likely, but this one will prove to be a valuable tale on that topic.
Told in an appealing rhyming text, Marlene, Marlene, Queen of the Mean is the first picture book by Jane Lynch, also known the actress who has won an Emmy for her role as a bully (Sue Sylvester) in the television show Glee. Co-written by clinical psychologist Lara Embry and children’s book editor A.E. Mikesell, this story – excellent for reading aloud and for starting a discussion about bullying - has been illustrated with the expressive, amusing art of Tricia Tusa.
** Recommended for ages 4 to 7 years.


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