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A review of the book freak the mighty by rodman philbrick

Freak The Mighty By Rodman Philbrick: Literature Guide

Add your rating See all 71 kid reviews. A hulking "retard" and a brilliant, crippled boy become strong as they undertake imaginary quests and fight all-too-real criminals.

  1. To have a kid who has not completed an ounce of work all year beg to bring the book home so he can finish it early..
  2. Max never guesses it may be all a big fantasy made up by Kevin to hide the touching truth. Synopsis Max Mighty believed that everyone saw him as a boy with a big body and no brain.
  3. Kevin dubs them Freak the Mighty, and they wander their town using Max's mobility and Kevin's brain to conjure up exciting quests.

The only thing they can't conquer is time. Max knows that people -- even his own grandparents -- fear him because he looks just like his imprisoned father, who's known as Killer Kane. He's huge, he can hardly read or write, and he lives in his grandparents' basement.

Freak the Mighty

But his new neighbor, Kevin, in his tiny, deformed body, seems willing to accept him. The two become close friends, assuming a new identity when Max begins carrying Kevin on his shoulders.

  • Kevin dubs them Freak the Mighty, and they wander their town using Max's mobility and Kevin's brain to conjure up exciting quests;
  • And heavy it is.

Kevin dubs them Freak the Mighty, and they wander their town using Max's mobility and Kevin's brain to conjure up exciting quests. With Kevin's help, Max learns to read and is allowed out of his special-education classes to join Max in his honors courses. But when Max's father is paroled, Max relives the horrors of his past, while Kevin tries to rescue him.

Continue reading Show less Is it any good? Funny, scary, suspenseful, and wise, this book can help young readers accept kids who seem different from them. When you don't fit in, and you're a kid, what do you do? Max just suffers alone, compressing his emotions inside his massive body. Kevin fights back by letting his intelligence and his imagination soar beyond his deformed body.

  1. When Max's father gets out on parole at Christmas, a mesmerizingly suspenseful sequence echoing the earlier rout of the bullies ensues.
  2. Max says that Kevin "pulls it out like Arnold Schwarzenegger pulling out a machine gun or something. I enjoyed the tale of this stirring friendship and the ending touched my heart.
  3. Synopsis Max Mighty believed that everyone saw him as a boy with a big body and no brain.

Even if he can't save himself, Kevin can save Max. He teaches Max how to use his imagination to create exciting adventures: Houses become castles, swimming pools become moats, and a hardboiled motorcycle mama becomes a damsel in distress. And he teaches readers compassion and that everyone is valuable and has something to contribute. Through Kevin's courage in the face of his illness, readers learn the importance of not giving up when faced with difficulty, and they witness how Kevin inspires Max's progress.

Kevin uses his vocabulary as a weapon and teaches Max how to use the dictionary, his favorite book. Max says that Kevin "pulls it out like Arnold Schwarzenegger pulling out a machine gun or something. Continue reading Show less Talk to your kids about.

Questions?

Families can talk about how Max and Freak have been affected by cruel and relentless teasing from their classmates. Are Max's criticisms about his brain accurate? How does Freak help him see himself in a different light? For kids, have you ever teased someone who was different?

  • Freak the Mighty is a truly moving tale about two special friends, brought together one day by an ornithopter, or to put it more simply a mechanical bird, which had got stuck up a tree;
  • He's huge, he can hardly read or write, and he lives in his grandparents' basement;
  • Funny, scary, suspenseful, and wise, this book can help young readers accept kids who seem different from them;
  • This book is recommended for 6th grade and up.

If so, did you feel bad about it later -- and what did you do to make it right?