Super Luke Faces His Bully: Giggleheart Adventures #2

Super Luke Faces His Bully

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Book: Super Luke Faces His Bully: Giggleheart Adventures #2

Author: Dr. Jackie Chirco Cogswell

Illustrator: Shelley Johannes

Publisher: Divine Inspiration Publishing,

ISBN-13: 978-0-9820490-2-0 (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 978-0-9820490-1-3 (Softcover)

Related websites: www.giggleheart.com (series), www.divineinspirationpublishing.com (publisher), http://www.amazon.com/Super-Luke-Faces-His-Bully/dp/0982049021/ (to purchase book)

Language level: 2

(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)

Reading level: Ages 7-12

Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

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     Cogswell, Dr. Jackie ChircoSuper Luke Faces His Bully: Giggleheart Adventures #2 (published in 2012 by Divine Inspiration Publishing, P. O. Box 210414, Auburn Hills, MI  48326).  Have you ever been bullied?  What was your reaction?  How did you handle it?  Even if you’ve never been bullied or, heaven forbid, been a bully yourself, you likely have known someone else who’s been bullied.  Luke Michael Giggleheart is an eight-year-old boy who lives with his mom and dad, older sister Sophia, and little brother D. J.  His Papa (grandfather), whom he remembers fondly, is in heaven, and his best friend is Mario Martinez.  However, Luke has a problem.  Harry Jones, whom everyone calls Bulldog, is bullying him.  On Luke’s worst day ever of school, Bulldog stuffed him in his locker like a sausage, and while he had an itchy belly button, had to go to the bathroom, and was getting hungry, he had to wait for Mario to get the teacher and janitor to let him out.

     Luke also has an unusual brain issue.  It’s like he has a TV screen in his head and there are many different channels—a scary one, a bad attitude one, a bowling one, a football one, a random one, and a yummy one.  But his mom has started a Bible Buddies Club for Luke and his friends to learn about Jesus, so there’s also a God Channel.  Luke wants to be a superhero like David, the king in the Bible who doesn’t have a last name (how weird is that?), but the Scary Channel keeps replaying the scene where he got stuffed in the locker by Bulldog and he’s afraid.  Then one night, after his mom reads to him from the Bible before bedtime, the God Channel is playing and they pray for Bulldog.  Then Luke has a really neat dream.  How will a super-ginormous lion named Tyler, a saber-toothed tiger named George, and an angel named Zack help Luke to be brave and deal with his bully?

     Author Jackie Chirco Cogswell, who is a family physician and the mother of three children, first introduced the Giggleheart family in A Heart Ready to Fly: Giggleheart Adventures No. 1, where Luke’s sister Sophia is flying home with her brother and meets a goofy angel named Frank who uses the Bible to teach her about judging others and her “little bit of a not-so-nice-ish attitude.”   Bullying is certainly a very real problem that many kids have to face today, so it’s great to see a book written from a Biblical perspective that’s intended to assist those who are dealing with the toxic effects of bullying.  Luke learns what the Bible says about fear, attitudes, and bullies in a fun and giggly way.  There is a page at the end with a list of websites to find more information on bullying.  It’s a wonderful resource to make kids more aware of this important subject.

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1 Response to Super Luke Faces His Bully: Giggleheart Adventures #2

  1. Thanks for the fabulous review of Dr. Jackie’s latest book. I’m glad you enjoyed it. It definitely has a wonderful message. I hope your readers check it out.

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