Griffin the Dragon and How to Tame a Bully

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Childhood friends Griffin the dragon, Jackson the hyena, 8-year-old boy Cattails, and 10-year-old girl Alexandra discuss how best to deal with a bully.
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Childhood friends Griffin the dragon, Jackson the hyena, 8-year-old boy Cattails, and 10-year-old girl Alexandra discuss how best to deal with a bully.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781456623319
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  • Publication date: 11/10/2014
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,385,926
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.25 (d)

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Our five year old son Joshua is nicknamed a 'Katrina baby.’ This name is common among people in the region who had children around the period of the storm. He was born December 21, 2005, four months after we were forced to leave New Orleans. Fast forward to several subsequent moves which eventually landed us in Lafayette, Louisiana. Travels around the nation including North Carolina, New York and California have sparked his wonderful imagination. We recently attended a country fair where Josh won a stuffed animal dragon by tossing an impossibly small ring over the neck of a Coke bottle. This victory prompted him to make up the story of Griffin the Dragon and the Jump House. He is in kindergarten at AES gators. He is outlining the second novel in the series.
-Lesley & Ken

Ken Mask is a board certified physician living and practicing medicine in Louisiana. The former LSU Medical Center Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiology has written for medical journals as well as popular magazines.

Curtis Pierre, founder of Casa Samba (a New Orleans based Brazilian cultural organization), is a drummer, artist and accomplished multi-performer doing extraordinary things around the world.
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  • Posted August 5, 2014

    Everyone Needs Some Love ¿ A review of the book ¿Griffin the Dra

    Everyone Needs Some Love – A review of the book ‘Griffin the Dragon and How to Tame a Bully’

    “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself” – George Bernard Shaw

    Meet Griffin, a warm and delightful little dragon who goes to school with his best friends Cattails, an 8 year old boy, Jackson, a black striped hyena and Alexandra, a feisty ten year old girl. Griffin loves going on adventures and also playing with his best friends. Author Ken Mask and Illustrator Simmie Williams invite you to explore the world of these friends where they not only play fun games but also learn valuable life lessons. A quick peek into this world will tell you quite a bit about each of the main characters; Griffin the dragon is the quiet one, the mature for his age, cautious one; Cattails is a happy 8 year old boy who displays typical middle child syndrome by alternating between his two best friends; Jackson is a black striped hyena who is the chief trouble maker in charge and also the joker of the pack, and rounding up this small group is Alexandra, a 10 year old girl, who is as famous for her loyalty as she is for her feistiness. This book comes alive with its vibrant colors and easy to read format; it is a wonderful little present for all kids that not only promotes reading but also teaches important life lessons, all the while encouraging kids to learn another language (Spanish) as well.

    Ken Mask's latest offering is a wordy picture book geared towards young kids and covers the important issue of bullying faced by kids in school. You would think when you have a dragon and a hyena as friends; life in school would be pretty cool but no! Even then it seems that there are certain social and cultural elements of growing up that can’t be dispensed away with completely. There are a lot of important and relevant issues that are raised within this book. Such as, is it okay to bully or tease people? Why do some people bully? And how do we deal with bullies? Rest assured, these are some serious discussion worthy questions that are being raised in the book, it has been highlighted here that it is not okay to fight with other people, even if you are provoked to do so and that you should in fact try and befriend your bully. But it has also been suggested that sometimes in life, it will come to a point where you will have to stop the bully from getting the best of you, when you have to stand your ground and face the obstacle head on.

    This is a lovely book, for the author's authentic and unique style shines through, especially in the conversations and dialogues between the lead characters. Ken Mask tries to tell the world through this book that what we have in our lives is not as important as to what we do with it. Each one of us is born different but we all have our unique and special strengths and how we utilize it makes us who we are truly meant to be. You will also feel this instant connection with all the lead characters; you will come to recognize many children that you know in them. It is also bound to take you back into your own childhood and possibly a similar situation that you yourself may have faced in your life.

    Griffin the Dragon and How to Tame a Bully is brilliantly illustrated; the level of detailing is pretty amazing for a children’s book. The 3D effects and the play between light and shadow have been perfected to aid the story telling to the hilt. The colors used too are praiseworthy and all kids are sure to respond to it positively. Simmie’s drawing has a trademark style; and the compositions capture all emotions superbly. Even though Griffin the Dragon and How to Tame a Bully is a children's book, it is one of the most incredible and heart warming books I have read in a long while. It is a must read for every child and parent, hopefully together to enhance the experience further. Ken’s writing and Simmie’s pictures blend so perfectly together, to make this a must buy book for everyone with small children.

    When Cattails, Jackson and Alexandra visit Griffin at the end of his 3 weeks of being grounded period, they have a surprise, a big surprise waiting for them at his house. To find out what it is, you’ve to go buy the book!

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