In celebration of Children's Books Week, the first review of the Blume books for this week.
Blubber by Judy Blume
Children's Books ; (152 pgs)
NORTH DAKOTA CHILDREN'S CHOICE AWARD (1983)
& New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year
Blubber is a good name for her, the note from Wendy says about Linda. Jill crumples it up and leaves it on the corner of her desk. She doesn't want to think about Linda or her dumb report on the whale just now. Jill wants to think about Halloween.
But Robby grabs the note, and before Linda stops talking it has gone halfway around the room.
That's where it all starts. There's something about Linda that makes a lot of kids in her fifth-grade class want to see how far they can go -- but nobody, least of all Jill, expects the fun to end where it does. (GoodReads)
Judy Blume at the back of the book says the following: "I wrote Blubber because bullying is often kept a secret by the kids who see it happening, and even by the person who's being bullied. Being bullied feels so humiliating, it's such a terrible and frightening experience, that kids are often afraid to tell anyone, even their parents." Linda is the character being bullied in Blubber, and her fellow classmates do anything and everything they possibly can to tease her, abuse her verbally, and even threaten her to do things for them. She's shoved, pushed, punched, and most often is called by the name 'Blubber.'
One of her classmates, Jill, is among those children in the classroom that severely tease Linda. Jill, though, finds herself with the opportunity to save Linda from further humiliation and torment by saving her from 'a trial without a lawyer.' So, immediately, Jill finds herself an oukast by her fellow bullies because she chose to do something she knew in her mind to be right. Oddly enough, Linda then becomes 'friends' with the person who has consistently bullied her through school, Wendy. Whereas Jill is now facing her own sets of bullying traps. Unlike Linda, though, Jill makes another decision, to stand up for herself and tell the bullies off.
She breaks the bullying group of friends apart, and finds herself knowing that she has one lasting friend (Tracy) and has gained another qualitative friend, Rochelle. It does in fact pay off to do the right thing, to speak up, and to put bullies in their place. Most of all, Jill speaks to her parents about it and gets their input and direction.
This was an incredibly enjoyable children's book. I'm glad I stumbled upon Judy Blume. She's really great as a writer for children's books. I honestly would recommend this book to any child. It's really a must read.