Eddie Longpants is big. Really big. He has long legs and huge feet and gangly arms that dangle down from his shoulders and bump into everything. Every day at school, his classmates find new ways to bully him. When things get too painful, he takes refuge under his favorite tree.
But one day the bullying goes too far and the teacher notices. Then Eddie shows his tormentor that there's more than one way to behave. In the end Eddie and his classmates realize that being big isn't so bad after all, especially when you have a big heart.
[This] gentle, charmingly illustrated book will intrigue children with its unusual design...With its themes of appreciating individual differences, bullying, and forgiveness, Eddie Longpants would be an excellent classroom read aloud to generate discussion of these issues with young audiences and to promote self-esteem. Highly recommended.
This story explores one of the strategies that help people who are bullied – having a friend. Just one friend can make a difference to the person who is bullied and help that person feel accepted
This comforting resolution to the problem of difference may be just the anodyne fantasy needed by picture-book readers who are beginning to brave the terrors of kindergarten.
The medium is as gentle delivered as the message of tolerance for those who are different.
A story told with gentle innocence. Eddie Longpants is about appreciating differences and, as such, it stands out in a crowd.