Bullies Never Winby Margery Cuyler, Arthur Howard
When the class bully, Brenda Bailey, makes fun of Jessica’s skinny legs and her boyish lunch box, Jessica doesn’t know what to do. She doesn’t want to be a tattletale, but she also wants the bullying to stop. Can Jessica find the courage to stand up for herself? From the team behind the first three books about Jessica and her worries, Bullies
When the class bully, Brenda Bailey, makes fun of Jessica’s skinny legs and her boyish lunch box, Jessica doesn’t know what to do. She doesn’t want to be a tattletale, but she also wants the bullying to stop. Can Jessica find the courage to stand up for herself? From the team behind the first three books about Jessica and her worries, Bullies Never Win is immediately relatable, relevant, and a must-have for every school and library.
In this fourth tale about Jessica, the first grader is being picked on by a classmate. Brenda doesn't like it when Jessica does something better so she makes fun of the child's "toothpick" legs, derides her kickball abilities, and ostracizes her from the "popular" lunch table. The final straw is when her mother mistakenly gives Jessica her little brother's "boy" lunchbox and Brenda teases her about it in front of the other children. After Jessica breaks down in tears at home, her mother offers two rather simplistic options for dealing with the dilemma: tell the bully how you feel or tell the teacher and let him take care of the situation. When Brenda bothers Jessica the next day, Jessica finally decides that "Enough [is] enough!" and easily devastates Brenda with a few well-chosen words without stooping to her level of meanness. Entertaining pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations clearly illuminate the tale while deftly revealing the characters' variety of emotions. Not many bullies could be so easily defeated, but in a story for young children, a lesson in how to stand up for oneself is always welcome.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
Meet the Author
Margery Cuyler is the award-winning author of numerous books for young readers. She lives with her husband and son in Princeton, New Jersey. Arthur Howard is the illustrator of Cynthia Rylant’s Mr. Putter and Tabby series as well as his own picture books. He lives in New York City.
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This book went into specifics so a child being bullied would have a greater understanding of the situation.