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Journal of a Schoolyard Bully: Notes on Noogies, Wet Willies, and Wedgies

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In the tradition of the mega successful DIARY OF A WIMPY KID and DORK DIARIES comes Niko Taylor, a school bully who must keep a journal to right all the wrongs he has done, but Niko, being a habitual trouble-maker, has other ideas. 

 

Niko Kaylor, the terror of his middle school, doles out wedgies and collects money he doesn’t need. When he is forced to begin keeping a journal of his activities to curb his bullying ways, he secretly turns his diary into ...

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Overview

In the tradition of the mega successful DIARY OF A WIMPY KID and DORK DIARIES comes Niko Taylor, a school bully who must keep a journal to right all the wrongs he has done, but Niko, being a habitual trouble-maker, has other ideas. 

 

Niko Kaylor, the terror of his middle school, doles out wedgies and collects money he doesn’t need. When he is forced to begin keeping a journal of his activities to curb his bullying ways, he secretly turns his diary into a how-to guide for bullies.  Now, against the wishes of his peers, Niko plans to conquer his middle school and teach everyone a lesson in bullying, including his teachers.  

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Cartoonist Katz's debut purports to get inside the head of a middle-school bully, but rapidly devolves from a Wimpy Kid knockoff with a mean streak into unfunny absurdity. Seventh-grader Niko sets the wise-guy tone early on, scoffing at his psychiatrist's suggestions that his fears of disappointing his absent father and "insecurities and weight issues" are to blame for his bad behavior (even as Katz hints that the doctor is on-target). Asserting that he bullies because he's "great at it," Niko starts off by dunking a "wimp" head-first in a toilet and locking the debate team in the gym lockers, but as the book progresses, events depart from any resemblance to reality, with Niko targeting adults and ending up bullied himself while at the Lindsey Lohan Academy for Misguided Youth. The twisted humor, delivered through Niko's cartoons as well as his sardonic ramblings, frequently misses its mark (including two potentially offensive gags involving triggering a neighbor's Vietnam War flashback and a bottle of Taiwanese hair tonic), and the lack of a resolution will likely leave kids feeling cheated. Ages 9–up. (Sept.)
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"The book has many funny moments… Katz has an inventive mind along the lines of Roz Chast’s.” – The New York Times Book Review
Kirkus Reviews

Combine Roald Dahl's Twits and other villains, mix with the first-person–journaling trope and the comedic result might look something like this.

In his"Bully's Log," seventh-grader Niko Kayler provides an episodic text-and-pictures look at what he regards as the craft of bullying. Anything smelly, humiliating or painful (if not exactly lethal) provides the essence of a good trick to play on his victims, and he doesn't stint on firing any number of wildly exaggerated blows at the random nerds who annoy him. Niko's rogues' gallery of bullies he most admires includes both Lucifer and Santa Claus. Katz picks the low-hanging...er, fruit of boogers, poop and farts to fill out his young antihero's arsenal of tricks and tips for successful bullying. Occasional exclamations of "God!" and the use of adjectives like "mother-puking" send Niko's malevolence veering off into slightly older teen territory (he says of cyberbullying, "I think it's cheap and dirty. Like falling in love in Las Vegas"), and how many middle schoolers will recognize a reference to M. Night Shyamalan? The energy also seems to flag a bit with one relentlessly malicious sort of mayhem following another.

Packaged to recall other diary tales of middle school (faux-spiral binding, scratchy, faux-handprinted type—often hard to read—and roughly drawn illustrations), this take on the rotten inner life of a true bully is a mixed bag. (Fiction. 10-13)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312681586
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/13/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 973,740
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

At 26, Farley Katz is the youngest staff cartoonist for The New Yorker, where he's published over fifty cartoons. Last year he wrote and edited the New Yorker's comedy blog, The Cartoon Lounge. He's written jokes and drawn cartoons for Mad Magazine, Saturday Night Live, and The Harvard Lampoon, where he was an editor in college. After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles where he developed a comedy pilot for Endemol, and wrote and directed for Budweiser’s Bud T.V. His work has appeared on Eater.com and in Narrative magazine. He lives in New York City where he writes and draws the webcomic Kids Are Dumb (kidsaredumb.com).  

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  • Posted September 10, 2011

    BookHounds

    Farley Katz has written and illustrated a wonderful book about bullying from the bully's point of view. This one should provoke a lot of discussions for children, their parents and teachers. I didn't know that you could actually feel sorry for a bully, but Niko Kaylor with all his bravado and intelligence is actually a confused and angry boy. Niko is forced to write a journal by his mother, his therapist and the school. He illustrates it with all the hatred and anger he can muster and writes what he thinks the "unholy trinity" wants to read. He still continues to bully and ignore the threats placed on him by the school. Until he takes it all too far one day. He is sent to a reform school and becomes the victim instead of victor.

    I think most adults will know Katz's work from Mad Magazine and a lot of the humor present there is carried over. There are situations in the story that would never be allowed to occur at any school in the United States but are illustrated to the extreme to make his point. Bullies have issues of their own and should be dealt with accordingly and quickly. I really enjoyed this one and if you enjoyed Diary of a Wimpy Kid, you will like this opposing point of view.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    GREAT!

    This book is stupid and funny. You should get it!

    6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

    Annomys. August 6 2012

    Its a ok and kind of good book. On line in the story is his will is there are planty of good games in he**. The devil has a great taste of vilont video games

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2013

    To belpow

    Here is your wedgie story. Once upon a time someone got wedgied. THE END.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

    Bored

    Someone tell me a wedgie story

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2013

    To below

    Add me on skype dracodal and say i am from nook.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    Tap me

    Someone tell me a wedgie story

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    Cotion

    Bad dad

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Best

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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted May 30, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2011

    I got the sample and it seemed stupid but still good

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    0 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    Not worth 10 bucks

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    Posted February 11, 2012

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