There’s a new kid in town; actually, it’s a new second-grader named Sam, who doesn’t play well with others. Sam is a large imposing force to be reckoned with and a bully to the first-graders who begin to fear recess. But when Henry goes shopping with his mom, he sees Sam being forced by her mom to try on a frilly dress. At school, Sam threatens Henry not to tell anyone of her embarrassment, and when Henry says he would never do something like that, a light bulb goes on for Sam. Sam realizes her bad behavior towards Henry and his friends would warrant retaliation, but that friends shouldn’t act like that towards one another. Friendship blossoms! Carlson gives the characters life with her brilliants choice of colors. Plus, she has a keen understanding of how to explain things, life situations, to young children in ways they can understand.