In Hildy and Harold Take on the Teasers, Hildy Hicka Henry is ready to conquer the fourth grade. With her eight-legged horse plushie named Harold and her wild imagination at hand, there isn’t anything the mighty Viking warrior Hildy can’t do. She imagined herself slaying dragons and steering gigantic ships, sword fighting and climbing to the highest heights. How hard could fourth grade be?
But for the first time in grade school, Hildy is in a class without her closest friends, and on the first day, trouble with a capital T begins. His name is Timmy, and he’s the biggest bully in the fourth grade—at least as far as Hildy is concerned. The minute Timmy hears Hildy’s name in roll call, he sinks his teeth in like a wolf, laughing: “Hildy Hicka Henry?! More like Hildy Hiccup Henry!”
Again and again, Timmy teases Hildy with the whole class erupting in laughter—or at least Hildy swears it’s the whole class. Even her best friend seems to turn against her! Hildy sinks into her own imagination to find the courage to take on the teasers. They morph into ghastly trolls that she and Harold must tackle in a Viking battle royale.
But once her imagining is done, she must face them in real life too—and she finds inspiration and courage in an unlikely place. By building her own self-confidence, like armor against the teasers, Hildy comes to understand that the biggest battle of all is won with compassion and understanding.
About the Authors
Hannah R. Gordon is an author of children’s and adult works of fiction and nonfiction. She works in the publishing industry, as a freelance editor, marketer, and consultant. Hannah welcomes connections through @HR_Gordon on all major social media platforms and on her website HannahRGordon.com, where she blogs about plants, books, cooking, and life. She lives in Buffalo, New York, with her partner Bryan and their three-legged German Shepard, Charley.
Jennifer Sand Bodurtha first had the idea for Harriet Hicka (originally Hiccup) Henry nearly three decades ago. Her son muttered the name, and, to her, it sounded like a story waiting to happen. While she never set out to be a children’s book author, she always had a strong interest in language and children’s education—earning her bachelor’s in communications and journalism and a certification in elementary education. Married in 1986, diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1988, and birthing her twins, Jennifer continues to live her life with gratitude and grace.