Evan Meets Bucky Lee

Children - General
32 Pages
Reviewed on 03/17/2015
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

Author Biography

Julie Van Elswyk has always been passionate about writing. After walking through her own child’s battle with cancer, she decided to begin a children’s series about life’s most influential moments.

A native of the Twin Cities, Julie lives in St. Paul, MN, with her husband and three children. Evan Meets Bucky Lee is Julie’s first book.

Kevin Cannon has illustrated several children’s books, most notably Ben and Lucy Play Pond Hockey (2010) and The Gluten Glitch (2012). Kevin has produced illustrations for The Village Voice, The Star Tribune, Vita.mn, and City Pages. He lives in Minneapolis, MN.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Samantha Gregory for Readers' Favorite

Evan Meets Bucky Lee by Julie Van Elswyk tells us the story of a boy called Evan who has no hair. It never grew. When he and his family move to a new area, he has high hopes of making some new friends. His optimism is squashed, however, when a boy named Bucky Lee makes fun of his appearance. Evan returns home upset and tells his mother what happened. She tells Evan that she feels sorry for Bucky because being different is okay. Evan perseveres and eventually makes friends with Bucky and the others. One day Bucky shows up with big thick glasses. Will Evan take the opportunity for revenge or will he tell Bucky he likes his glasses?

Julie Van Elswyk has created an entertaining story for kids in Evan Meets Bucky Lee. Most kids face being 'different' to their friends and sometimes they can get teased over it. This book shows us that if we keep being ourselves we can still make friends, and that it's better to be the bigger man as Evan demonstrates at the end when he decides to let it go and stay friends with Bucky. The illustrations were very good and colourful. They helped tell the story. I think that this book would do well with kids in the 6-10 age bracket and it would be a useful book for anyone moving to a new area. I think it will do very well in the market and will keep kids entertained while educating them at the same time.