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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 storytime. 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.