In The Big Cheese Festival, we meet Stubby Mouse and his family and friends. We learn that Stubby Mouse has a secret, that he is being bullied by another mouse, simply because his tail is short. Read how Stubby Mouse stood up for himself, and how he ended the bullying, in this delightful story for children. Targeted at ages 4-8, the book is easy to read and perfect for home or classroom. Children learn how bad bullying is, and what they can do to help stop bullies! Stubby Mouse encourages children to take a stand against bullies, and always be kind to each other. This story illustrates how everyone is different and unique, and it is a delightful read with cute illustrations for both children and adults. Take a stand against bullying today!
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite
The Big Cheese Festival is a children’s educational picture book written and designed by S. Jackson with A. Raymond. Stubby Mouse was happy and excited when he woke up on the morning of the Big Cheese Festival. All the mice in his neighborhood looked forward to this big event. There would be dancing and lots of cheese, and they would elect a King and Queen of the Festival. This would be Stubby’s first Big Cheese Festival, but something happened to spoil his happiness and sense of anticipation. When Cutter Mouse came to pick up Stubby’s brother, Zippy, he made fun of Stubby’s short tail. Cutter laughed and said that no girls would want to dance with him. Zippy got angry with his friend for picking on his little brother, but the damage was done. After Zippy and Cutter left, Stubby began to cry. Cindy heard him crying inside the house, and she wanted to know what was wrong. She liked Stubby just as he was, and thought Cutter was an awful bully. They would go to the festival together, and she’d love to dance with Stubby.
S. Jackson and A. Raymond’s educational picture book for children, The Big Cheese Festival, addresses the problem of bullying and the pain children can experience when they’re victimized by bullies. This story shows how being different is not a bad thing or something to feel ashamed about. Stubby may only have half a tail, but he ends up with an amazing thing happening to him. He also gets to dance with the bully’s girlfriend. The Big Cheese Festival has gorgeous graphics that bring the woodland setting and its characters to life. Jackson and Raymond address an important issue, and they do so in an enchanting tale that’s a perfect choice for story time. Adults should consider using this tale as a springboard for discussions about bullying in school and in the playground. It’s also a good starter primer for new readers as it has large print and an easy-to-follow story. The Big Cheese Festival is highly recommended.
“There are issues that plague all children as they grow up. Each child struggles with identifying who they are as a person, how they relate to other people and how to find out what they believe in. Children can be cruel to each other while they learn how to navigate the messy world of emotions. This can come out in the form of bullying. In The Big Cheese Festival the authors explore the concept of bullying and how it can impact the life of another. What may seem like funny and harmless words to one can truly hurt another. We’ve got a fantastical world of anthropomorphic mice, one of whom only has half a tail. He is named Stubby and due to the unkind bullying from his brother’s friend worries about whether or not he’ll find any worth in himself.
Bullying is a big issue to tackle. Some children’s books try to address this and drop the ball completely. Jackson and Raymond have bundled up the idea of bullying in their book. They take an obvious difference, like having half of a tail, and use it to illustrate how others might react to something so clearly different from the norm. It’s a cute book with the little mice getting ready for a festival. Cutter Mouse, who is friends with Stubby’s brother, is the perpetrator of the bullying. It is often someone close to the bullied who begins the abuse, which Jackson and Raymond have captured here.”
~ Hungry Monster, Feb 2017
“The Big Cheese Festival” is a must read book for those with children of all ages, even though it is geared towards ages 4–11. Children learn what bullying is, and how to take a stand to stop bullies. This story is perfect for home, schools, and libraries, as it is so important that children be taught, and learn, kindness towards others no matter how different someone is to them. Jackson has cleverly used both boy and girl mice, in a manner that gets the point across while keeping children captivated. I highly recommend this charming book. ~ Susan Vance, “Leaving Savannah.”
Winner ~ 2016 Pinnacle Gold Award for Best Book in the Category of Children’s Adventure
Winner ~ 2017 Bronze Medal in the Children-Adventure Category at Readers Favorite
Finalist ~ 2017 Finalist IAN Book of the Year for Children’s Fiction Illustrated
Finalist ~ 2018 Purple Dragonfly Winners
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S. Jackson is a retired registered nurse; a member of the Catholic Church,
and has taught kindergarten Catechism; she has worked in various capacities
for The American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, Cub and Boy Scouts, (son,
Noah, is an Eagle Scout), and sponsored trips for high school children music.
She loves all forms of art but mostly focuses on the visual arts; as amateur
photography, traditional, and graphic art as her disabilities allow. More
recently, she loves to devote precious time with her first grandson, Austin.
A. Raymond is a member of the Catholic Church, and has helped his wife with
The American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, Cub and Boy Scouts, and sponsored
children alongside his wife on music trips. He devotes his spare time to fishing,
reading, playing poker, Jeeping, and travel adventures with his wife.