In Ima Nobody Becomes Somebody, Brenda Poage introduces us to Ima, a little girl with a lot of problems. First, there's her name. How can a little girl with a name like Ima Nobody feel good about herself? Then there's her looks. Her red hair is all tied up in a knot on top of her hair, her front teeth stick straight out and her knobby knees knock together when she walks.
So the fact that bratty little Billy Do-good, her neighbor and classmate, picks on her is not a surprise. But on the first day of first grade, Ima becomes friends with Junie, who helps her cope with the bullying. They come up with a great plan for Ima to compete in the school Olympics and beat Billy once and for all.
Ima Nobody Becomes Somebody is a fairly realistic example of bullying, with kids calling each other names and sticking their tongues out at each other. I think it would be good for elementary kids who are dealing with bullying in their own lives. My son is in kindergarten, and I chose not to read it to him yet. I honestly don't want to introduce all the name calling and bullying at his age since he's not dealing with it at school yet. But I think it would be good for slightly older elementary kids or any young children who may be dealing with bullying.
This review was written based on a copy of Ima Nobody Becomes Somebody that I received from the author.