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Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun

Having the Courage to Be Who You Are

By Maria Dismondy

Illustrated by Kim Shaw


Watch Lucy stay true to herself as she learns how to confront bullying with kindness!

Lucy has big hair, eats fun foods–like spaghetti in a hot dog bun–and is teased by a boy named Ralph at school because she is different.

She tries to be brave but she wishes the teasing would stop. What should I do? she asks herself over and over.

Lucy’s Papa Gino reminds her to do the right thing and treat people with kindness. So when Ralph gets stuck on the playground and needs help, will Lucy use this chance to teach Ralph a lesson? Or will she have the courage to be true to herself and make the right choice with an act of kindness?

Readers of all ages can empathize with Lucy’s brave journey as she sets out to rise above Ralph’s mean words, stay true to herself and build her self-esteem every step of the way.

The best book for teaching kindness and confronting bullying. Spaghetti in a Hotdog Bun is perhaps the most beloved book by award-winning author Maria Dismondy.

It carries the key message of love, courage and positivity supported by the many advocates of positive parenting solutions.

It will sit comfortably on your shelf alongside other books that focus on emotions, confidence and bullying, like the work of Adir Levy (What Should Danny Do?) and Jacquelyn Stagg (Kindness Starts with You).


Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun is touring the country as a children’s musical with Stars Within Reach Production Company based in New York City. It has become wildly successful with schools and youth theaters nationwide.

  • Published August 2008
  • 32 pages • 9x9 • Ages 4 to 10
  • Hardcover Picture Book, Picture Book, Ebook
  • ISBN: 978-193391630-9
  • Lexile Leveling: 610
  • Fountas & Pinnell Level: L

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Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun
by Maria Dismondy

Free Reader's Guide

Contains arts and crafts projects, lesson plans on different types of intelligences, teamwork games, and more for children to go beyond the book.

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Free Coloring Pages

Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun
Illustrations by Kim Shaw

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Storytime Read-Aloud

Award-Winning Author Maria Dismondy reads her first children's book. The winner of a Gold Mom's Choice Award as well as an Eric Hoffer Award.


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