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Leave Me Alone: A Tale of What Happens When You Stand Up to a Bully

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In this sensitively told story, a little boy is feeling sad because every day he has to face a bully. But the little boy also has friends. A frog, a cat, a rabbit, a cow, and other animal friends insist on helping him, even after he tells them: "There's nothing you can do for me/ There's nothing you can say." Fortunately, he is mistaken, because the next time the bully approaches, they all join with him and shout, "LEAVE HIM ALONE!" And it works! The bully turns around and goes away. Author Kes Gray's gently ...
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Overview


In this sensitively told story, a little boy is feeling sad because every day he has to face a bully. But the little boy also has friends. A frog, a cat, a rabbit, a cow, and other animal friends insist on helping him, even after he tells them: "There's nothing you can do for me/ There's nothing you can say." Fortunately, he is mistaken, because the next time the bully approaches, they all join with him and shout, "LEAVE HIM ALONE!" And it works! The bully turns around and goes away. Author Kes Gray's gently clever use of rhyming verse gives a difficult subject a wonderfully light touch. Large color illustrations on every page capture the spirit of a story that will have special meaning for many little boys and girls.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The team behind 2009’s Mom and Dad Glue returns with another empathetic treatment of an emotionally trying subject: bullying. Working in rhymed couplets, Gray unspools the story of a boy seen sitting despondently in a green meadow, his shadow as long as his face. One by one, animals come up to offer comfort, but he rebuffs each one. “ ‘Leave me alone,’ I said./ ‘Sorry,’ said the cat./ ‘Your sadness makes my whiskers wilt,/ I think we need to chat.’ ” Eight animals later, the boy reveals the source of his anxiety, a giant “So big he blocks the sun,/ Who teases me and bullies me/ Every day for fun.” While Gray’s verse can feel plodding and predictable, Wildish’s artwork supplies a substantial amount of drama. The giant is downright terrifying—an enormous, hulking monster, backlit by a blazing sun, who lumbers toward the group, eyes glowing red. But by banding together and turning the boy’s refrain (and the book’s title) on its head, they send the giant packing. Is the book’s message subtle? No. Effective? Yes. Ages 4–7. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews

Animal allies drive off a bully in this unconvincing British import.

Responding to the inquiries of a solicitous fly, frog, robin, cat, rabbit, cow, pig and magpie, a downcast lad explains that "My problem is a giant / So big he blocks the sun, / Who teases me and bullies me / Every day for fun." In Wildish's splashy, textured outdoor scenes, the bully, when he shows up, is indeed a mountainous, shadowy, red-eyed, scary giantwho will seem to most children more like an adult than your average punk. The multimedia illustrations here are undeniably effective, conjuring a hugely out-of-proportion, looming figure surrounded by violent splashes of red—but in response to the animals' concerted "LEAVE HIM ALONE!" it just turns without a word and walks away. "I never saw him after that / And I know I never will," concludes the young narrator, with conspicuous naïveté. Would that it were so easy to escape abuse.

It's always good to have a support group, but even very young readers are likely to wonder whether it'll be around for the next encounter. (Picture book. 6-8)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764147364
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 372,396
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Kes Gray is the also author of Mom and Dad Glue, the story of a troubled little boy who faces up to the challenge of his parents' divorce.
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