Don't Call Me Pruneface! by Janet Reed Ahearn

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Paul is a good boy. Everybody says so.  But  his new neighbor is enough to try anyone’s patience. She walks her cat on a leash, calls Paul and his dog mean names, and makes a general nuisance of herself.  Will the mild-mannered Paul survive the first week next door to Prudence?


Debut picture book author Janet Reed Ahearn and illustrator Drazen Kozjan use humor and style to show the classy approach to confronting one's peers. Loaded with color, feisty energy, and lots of good jokes, Don’t Call Me Pruneface! will teach kids how to deal with bullies even as it entertains. 

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Author Bio: Janet Ahearn is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and founder of Primary Theatre Company, an Off-Broadway theater company. Don't Call Me Pruneface! is her first picture book. She lives in New York City.Illustrator Bio: Drazen Kozjan ( was born in Karlovac, Croatia, and grew up in Canada. He has illustrated Diary of a Fairy Godmother by Esme Raji Codell, The Biggest Girl in the World by Joanne Stanbridge, How to Tame a Bully by Nancy Wilcox-Richards, and the Julia Gillian series by Alison McGhee. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Published August 3, 2010 by Disney-Hyperion. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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Vibrant colors vary to express the children’s growing conflict, building to the engaging climax, and clean, bright backdrops maintain focus on the children’s tensions.

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The hero, bespectacled Paul, doesn't know how to cope with his new neighbor, the relentlessly belittling Prudence (she calls him "Pill" and insists "you're a cootie cockroach with glasses").

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