Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun

Written by Maria Dismondy • Illustrated by Kimberly Shaw-Peterson

Reviewed by Riley C. (age 8)

“Not everyone likes the same things, Lucy. It doesn’t mean one person is right or wrong. We’re all different. What a boring world it would be if we were all exactly the same?” Read to find out how Lucy accepts herself as being different and learns to be happy about it in Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun.

Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun by Maria Dismondy is a great story because it shows how to have courage to treat others the way you want to be treated. In the book, this boy named Ralph is making fun of Lucy. He gives her a note that says: “Lucy, Lucy, eats sticky foods, that puts us in big, bad moods. Lucy, Lucy, hair shaped like a cone, here’s a treat for you, some yummy dog bones.” At recess Lucy played alone, she was afraid to tell anyone and be a tattletale. Suddenly, she heard someone say “Heeellp!!!” It was Ralph, he was stuck on the monkey bars and other children were laughing at him. Read to find out if Lucy does the right thing and helps Ralph, or if she does the wrong thing and tells him how mean he is.

This is a great book because it teaches you how to live in The Kingdom of Self Esteem. I also like it because it shows Lucy eating whatever she wants even if Ralph is saying it’s gross. In addition, I like how Lucy listens to her Papa Gino and that makes her a better person.

I recommend this book because it teaches kids to be courageous and always do the right thing. I think you should read this book today!

Riley C. is a student in Mrs. Smith's 2nd Grade Class
2014-2015