Just Kidding

Just Kidding

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by Trudy Ludwig, Adam Gustavson
     
 

A rare look at emotional bullying among boys from the best-selling author of My Secret Bully.D.J.'s friend Vince has a habit of teasing D.J. and then saying, Just kidding!" as if it will make everything okay. It doesn't, but D.J. is afraid that if he protests, his friends will think he can't take a joke. With the help of his father, brother, and an

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A rare look at emotional bullying among boys from the best-selling author of My Secret Bully.D.J.'s friend Vince has a habit of teasing D.J. and then saying, Just kidding!" as if it will make everything okay. It doesn't, but D.J. is afraid that if he protests, his friends will think he can't take a joke. With the help of his father, brother, and an understanding teacher, D.J. progresses from feeling helpless to taking positive action, undermining the power of two seemingly harmless words. Trudy Ludwig takes another look at relational aggression, the use of relationships to manipulate and hurt others, this time from the boy's point of view.

  • Back matter includes discussion questions, a "dos and don'ts of teasing" list, and a resource guide for parents and teachers.
  • Endorsed by Full Esteem Ahead, The Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Project, and The Ophelia Project.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
With all that has been appearing in the papers about incidents where kids have gone into schools and killed and injured innocent people, bullying in any form must be addressed. Ludwig wrote an earlier book, My Secret Bully—now the focus is on a form of bullying that seems to be less of a problem but really is not. Making jokes about people to make them feel bad and damage their self-esteem is harmful. In this book kids are given some ways to deal with the issue, but the bottom line is that it will take adult interventions—teachers, parents, and counselors. Bullies need to know that their behavior will not be tolerated and that there will be consequences. A book like this should be in every school and public library. It can help kids realize that if they are the victims of bullies, there are ways to get help. Reporting a bully is not a sign of weakness because the bully truly needs help. 2006, Tricycle Press, Ages 5 to 10.
—Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
Gr 1-5-This companion to My Secret Bully (Tricycle, 2005) addresses the topic of teasing. D.J. is tired of Vince's mean-spirited comments at school. Vince knows which buttons to push, using the "I was just kidding" defense when he goes too far. Unsure how to handle the situation, D.J. talks with his father and his teacher and learns a few strategies to help him deal with putdowns. Most importantly, he realizes that he isn't the problem and that he hasn't done anything to deserve Vince's taunts. This frank and plausible story will help youngsters to distinguish between good-natured teasing and the destructive variety, empowering them by providing options they can use when faced with bullying. Realistic acrylic paintings beautifully capture the text's mood and action. Gustavson is adept at revealing the subtle emotions of his characters, and both D.J. and Vince will strike a familiar chord with readers. A foreword by a bullying-prevention consultant outlines four points that educators and parents need to impart to victims of this behavior. Also provided are conversation starters for further discussion, a list of pertinent organizations and Web sites, and suggested reading for both adults and children. This useful resource is an important addition to school and public libraries.-Carol L. MacKay, Forestburg School Library, Alberta, Canada Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582461632
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
66,897
Product dimensions:
8.39(w) x 10.28(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

TRUDY LUDWIG is the author of many books for children, including My Secret Bully and Confessions of a Former Bully. An active member of the International Bullying Prevention Association, she is a sought-after speaker who collaborates frequently with organizations like The Ophelia Project, Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Project, and Putting Family First. Trudy has been profiled on national television, radio, and in newsprint, and her books have received the Mom's Choice Gold Award, the CCBC's "Best of the Best" award, and have been recognized as NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Books for Young People.

ADAM GUSTAVSON is an illustrator who lives in West Orange, New Jersey, with his family. This is his second book with Tricycle Press.

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Just Kidding 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Balina More than 1 year ago
That was great. I enjoyed every minute reading this.
Barbaretta More than 1 year ago
In the world today, bullying has become a real threat to the childhood experiences of all our children. This book opens the eyes of the reader, both child and parent, to what is happening and offers a fresh outlook for all of us. The illustrations are remarkable, with facial inflections that are believable.