Julianne Moore; Leuyen Pham

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

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