The best children's books resonate with adults as well as their intended audience. In Julianne Moore's Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully (Bloomsbury USA Children's Books), the funny, freckly, pint-sized protagonist reveals the triumph in self-assertion and facing fears. The second picture book by four-time Academy Award-nominated Moore finds the spunky youngster honing her inner "monster" to confront a ball-wielding oppressor. Freckleface Strawberry's moniker came from the actress's own childhood nickname, and as she does in her best roles onscreen (Safe, The Hours, Far From Heaven), she imparts a compelling voice to the character. Illustrator LeUyen Pham enlivens the little redhead with smile-inducing facial expressions, and will also be in attendance at this reading.
Tue., May 5, 4 p.m., 2009