“In IMA NOBODY BECOMES SOMEBODY, Ima Nobody is trying to find her way as she begins the first grade. Dealing with bullies, trying to make friends and learning that sometimes things just don't happen the way you want them too are all tough lessons for a 7 year old little girl, but Ima Nobody is up to the challenge.
Ima has issues with her neighbor, Billy Do-Good, the bully next door. As she makes her way into class the first day she discovers she now has to deal with him at school too. As she makes it through the beginning of school she finds a friend in Junie Kukunie and together they begin to stand up to Billy, the bully.
With an array of mishaps such as torn jeans, getting her dress stuck in her underwear and getting into food fights we watch Ima learn how to stand up for herself. She learns that she may be Ima Nobody but that she will always be a somebody.
I found the reading light and easy to follow. My son, who is in first grade right now, and I read it together and he really enjoyed it. He thought it was funny but he also was able to pick up on the fact that bullying is not nice. He would stop and say "that wasn't nice" and then he'd be laughing at the funny things that Ima continued to do. Overall it was a great story that is wonderful for children. It kept my son's attention and I felt that the message of not letting anyone get you down and to stand up for yourself without it being at the cost of others was portrayed very well. The only thing we had some trouble with were some of the ‘big’ words since my son wanted to read it on his own, but I thought that it was great to see a book for his age that pushed him to learn more than just the subject at hand. We will definitely be looking for more from Brenda Poage and can't wait to see what Ima will be up to next!
Hell Cat wrote this review Saturday, April 10, 2010.