Pottymouth and Stoopid by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein (Arrow) ISBN: 978-1-784-75419-8
Pottymouth and Stoopid is the story of David and his best friend Michael. They got stuck with these nicknames, which they regard as unfair and extremely lousy, in preschool. I suppose, however, that if you use words such as fluffernuckles and griggleschnozzles in everyday conversations, a nickname such as Pottymouth may be merited. The same can probably be said for being called Stoopid if you constantly make social blunders.
If everyone, including the teachers and school principal believe that these nicknames fit, it becomes very hard to get rid of them. David and Michael start using the same bullying tactics that are being used against them, but this does not work out well. They need to find other means of earning respect. Can anyone help them?
Without revealing everything, I can say that their adventures include an evil cheerleader, two scrumptious McFlurrys, a TV show and a funeral. The question is, will they get rid of their nicknames? In my mind, this book deserves 5 out of 5. It is not only amusing, but also teaches us about bullying and how to deal with it. It made me more aware of bullying behaviour and inspired me to help others who are being bullied.
Janine Kirsten (age 11)