Bailey the Big Bully

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Bailey the bully is accustomed to getting his own way. One by one, the kids in the neighborhood have learned that to ignore Bailey's threats or orders is to invite arm-twisting and hair-pulling. The adults provide useless advice: ``Ignore him.'' A new boy named Max moves into town and begins to upset the balance of power, at first by cheerfully resisting Bailey's attempts to dominate the scene, and then by bopping the bully on the nose. Eventually Max and the other children invite Bailey to play in their new tree house, with its sign specifying, ``BULLIES KEEP OUT.'' Any book featuring physical bullying as well as manipulation is bound to be somewhat disturbing to both adults and children, but the concept of ``the bully'' is one most children have to face at some point. It may be unfortunate that the story's resolution pivots on a physical blow, but this is realistic; few real bullies succumb to reason or pleas for compassion. Boyd's handling of the topic is skillful and down to earth. Her watercolors, in a clear, cool palette, are as successful as the text in presenting the problem without sentimentality. Ages 3-8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-- Bailey is just plain mean to his classmates. He splashes them with mud, demands their cookies, and makes all the game rules. Worse, he hurts someone when he doesn't get his way. Max, the new boy in school, holds his own with Bailey and draws the classmates to him by suggesting a fort-building project. Bailey retaliates, and Max is made to apologize for bopping Bailey in the nose. He's sorry for the nose, but asks Bailey why he is such a bully. From this turning point, readers see Bailey's reluctant progress from bully to cooperative friend. Simple stylized children, rendered in ink outline and watercolor, reflect the mood of the story. Illustrations of the school show the clutter of cubbies, artwork, and toys, yet the generous white margins and backgrounds give pictures a clean look. Chapman's Herbie ' s Troubles (Dutton, 1981) deals with successfully ignoring a bully, while Wells' Benjamin and Tulip (Doubleday, 1973) is about coming to a truce after confrontation. This story, in simple text and illustration, wins by persuasion, showing a bully that it is more fun to be a friend. --Jane Saliers, Atlanta-Fulton Pub . Lib .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140540512
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/1991
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.09 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 0.12 (d)

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