Good-Bye Bully Machine

Good-Bye Bully Machine

by Debbie Fox, Allan L. Beane

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Kids learn what bullying is, why it hurts, and what they can do to end it with this fresh, compelling book. With its contemporary collage art, lively layout, and straightforward text, Good-Bye Bully Machine engages kids and keeps them turning pages.

The unique format of Good-Bye Bully Machine helps kids understand the definition and impact of


Kids learn what bullying is, why it hurts, and what they can do to end it with this fresh, compelling book. With its contemporary collage art, lively layout, and straightforward text, Good-Bye Bully Machine engages kids and keeps them turning pages.

The unique format of Good-Bye Bully Machine helps kids understand the definition and impact of bullying by comparing it to a mean machine—the Bully Machine. Kids can see how bullying makes the machine grow more imposing, while kind behaviors dismantle it.

Through the machine, kids gain awareness of their role in bullying, whether they are targets, bullies, bystanders—or all three. The role of the bystander is especially important. Good-Bye Bully Machine helps kids see the power of the bystander to become an ally, which means learning to show empathy, engage in kind acts, and take a stand against bullying. It's a perfect way to engage reluctant readers and hard-to-reach kids.

Part of the Bully Free Kids™ line

Editorial Reviews

The Midwest Book Review
Bullies can only be bullies if you let them be. Good-Bye Bully Machine is a guide for young readers who want to stand up to their schoolyard tormentors and establish the confidence they need to rise up through life. Comparing bullies to cold unfeeling machines, Debbie Fox and Allan Beane give many effective tips to help young readers get through the machine and unplug it. Good-Bye Bully Machine is a top pick for parents of children who face bully problems in school. Reviewer's Choice
Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
Using the metaphor of a machine, bullying is defined; examples and ways to overcome it are given. A note at the beginning says: "People who bully aren't bad people. Their behavior is what's bad. A person can stop acting like a bully." The text states: "A school with bullying is like a school that is run by a machine—the Bully Ma-chine." Mean words, cruel actions, spreading rumors and lies, hurt others and destroy friendships. "Sometimes kids get picked on because they look or act differently from other kids." Kids who bully are unhappy. When you see bullying and do not do something about it, people think it is all right. Say something in a respectful voice to try to stop the action. "It's hard for people to keep bullying when everyone around them says what they're doing is wrong." Reporting a bully may be needed. Lists of what to do to overcome bullying are at the back, along with activities, and suggestions for a school campaign against bullying. The illustrations are colorful collages with parts of machines overlaid with words. This book may be helpful to someone who wants to do something about bullying. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
School Library Journal
K-Gr 5—This book equates living with bullying to being around a scary machine that is "loud and powerful, with spinning wheels and whirling blades. It's cold and mean and looks kind of dangerous." The kid-friendly text explains that bullies are not always bad people and gives possible reasons for their actions. Different types of behavior are explained, including "mean words," "cruel actions," hurtful teasing, and picking on others in "quiet or sneaky ways." The authors provide tips for dealing with negative behaviors and encourage readers to take a stand against bullying and unplug the bully machine. Fox's enticing, edgy, collage artwork will draw readers in. Small photos of children interacting in social situations blend with cut-out words, machine parts and gears, and other images to send a strong visual message. "Bully-Busting Activities" are appended. Easier than Joanne Mattern's Bullying (Heinemann, 2008) and for a slightly older audience than Sally Hewitt's Bullying (Smart Apple, 2008), this offering will be a great discussion springboard for teachers and counselors.—Debbie Whitbeck, West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MI
From the Publisher

"Good-Bye Bully Machine will engage a new spectrum of students because of its rarity, boldness, and creativity." -Sarah Paoletta, K-5 educator, Springfield Public Schools, Springfield, MA

“Why It’s on My Bookshelf: Good-Bye Bully Machine is a recent discovery. I just cannot say enough good things about what it has done on the playground, hallways, cafeteria, and classrooms in my school. Over the years, I’ve used dry and boring bullying curriculums which are now sitting idle on my shelf. I’ve lost students in a flash when I’m just standing at the white board writing the definition of bullying. As a counselor, it means everything to me for students to have better insight to bully behavior. The minute I introduce the metaphor of the “bully machine,” I have a captive group of students. Good-Bye Bully Machine is one of the few books out there that really goes there with students and requires critical thinking. The first time I read this to a fourth-grade class, one of the students went out to recess and reported a problem to an adult stating, ‘I do not want to be part of the bully machine!’ Love that. So why do kids like this machine plugged in? How can schools unplug it? What makes it grow and become strong? Like I said, the metaphor of the “bully machine” creates higher level thinking and questioning. Those that are participating in bullying behavior have an opportunity to try and understand themselves better. A lot of those students are in personal pain; take the time to explore this with them. It’s such a worthwhile read. The “bully machine” causes a lot of hurt in schools across America. If you are a teacher or a counselor looking for a creative approach to STOP bullying, add this book to your resource shelf. (Be sure to use the leader’s guide—it’s an awesome supplementary resource).”—Books That Heal Kids Blog

“Of all the books on bullies that I have reviewed or purchased, this one has been a favorite.”—Misfit Momma blog

Good-Bye Bully Machine encourages discussion on how to stop this hurtful, degrading behavior. Fox’s scrapbook-style illustrations and metaphor to a machine make it easy for students to understand and react to the powerful message. The book encourages higher-order thinking skills and questioning, leaving a meaningful impact on all who read it. Educate your children. Unplug the monster machine!”—Better with a Book blog

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Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
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Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
8 Years


Meet the Author

Debbie Fox is an arts and literacy educator in a Title I elementary school where she has created innovative, award-winning programs for children. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, Canada, Debbie is passionate about giving young people creative opportunities to express themselves. She lives in Florida with her husband and two children.

Allan L. Beane, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized expert on the topic of bullying. He has over 30 years of experience in education that include teaching special and regular education, directing a school safety center, and serving as vice president of a university. Author of the Bully Free® Program, Allan has trained staff in many schools on bullying prevention and has served as an expert witness in criminal cases involving student mistreatment.

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