Loukoumi and the Schoolyard Bully

Loukoumi and the Schoolyard Bully

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by Nick Katsoris
     
 

Have you ever been bullied about your name? Has your child come home from school complaining about an interaction with a schoolyard bully? Bullying plagues students in schools around the world, and now Oscar Winners Morgan Freeman, Olympia Dukakis and Oscar Nominee Nia Vardalos lead an all-star cast in the audio narration of the new book, Loukoumi And The

Overview

Have you ever been bullied about your name? Has your child come home from school complaining about an interaction with a schoolyard bully? Bullying plagues students in schools around the world, and now Oscar Winners Morgan Freeman, Olympia Dukakis and Oscar Nominee Nia Vardalos lead an all-star cast in the audio narration of the new book, Loukoumi And The Schoolyard Bully by Nick Katsoris (November 2013: Dream Day Press), which teaches kids that bullying is not cool. Proceeds from the book benefit St. Jude Children s Research Hospital. In Loukoumi And The Schoolyard Bully, Loukoumi is about to have a baby brother. When her friends discuss what to name him, schoolyard bully, Igor the alligator, ridicules Loukoumi's name, which Loukoumi explains means sweet in Greek and is a type of jelly candy with powdered sugar on top. During the course of the day, through several common interactions, Igor realizes that he and Loukoumi are more alike than he thought. In the end, he learns that bullying is not cool, and although Loukoumi's name is different, everyone is really all the same. The book includes an audio download of the story narrated by Nia Vardalos, Oscar nominated screenwriter and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and author of the bestselling book Instant Mom. Oscar winner Morgan Freeman voices the role of the schoolyard bully, Igor the alligator. Other character voices, reprising their roles from past Loukoumi audio books, include Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis as Marika the monkey, Grammy Winner Gloria Gaynor as Fistiki the Cat, Days of Our Lives star John Aniston as Loukoumi's Daddy, Tony Nominee Constantine Maroulis as Gus the bear, Actor Frank Dicopoulos as Dean the dog and CBS News anchor Alexis Christoforous as Loukoumi. Loukoumi And The Schoolyard Bully is also part of a Bullying Awareness project with PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center in schools nationwide. Also appearing in the book is the new character of Oinkerella the pig, which was inspired by Caila Tsamutalis, the 10 year-old winner of the Loukoumi Illustration Contest. Sponsored by Katsoris, the contest called on young illustrators to draw a new character to be featured in Loukoumi And The Schoolyard Bully. Ten finalists were chosen and the winner was selected by a combination of Facebook voting and a celebrity judging panel including Celebrity Chef Cat Cora, Alexis Christoforous, Frank Dicopoulos, and FOX News anchor Ernie Anastos.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
02/17/2014
Katsoris addresses bullying in his sixth book starring Loukoumi, an anthropomorphic lamb who lives up to her sweet name (it's the Greek word for Turkish delight candy). After Loukoumi tells her friends that she's going to have a baby brother, a pushy alligator named Igor butts in and makes fun of her name. Following a leaden pep talk from one of her friends ("You shouldn't be a bully because it really isn't cool. You should be accepting of others. That's the golden rule"), Loukoumi counters Igor's meanness with kindness. In a speedy about-face, Igor apologies to Loukoumi, and her response crystallizes the story's obvious message: "It really is cooler to be nice." The author reinforces the theme of Loukoumi's sweetness in the story's conclusion, when her father says they will name her newly arrived sibling Lou, in honor of Loukoumi. The brassy digitally created cartoons have a TV cartoon vibe, but tend to be static and flat. A portion of the book's proceeds will benefit St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. An audio download featuring celebrity narrators is available on the series' Web site. Ages 4–8.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Marlo Thomas

The Loukoumi book series has long been a friend to children, opening their eyes to the world around them. This time, it provides comfort and assurance to kids who are frightened and bewildered by bullying. A worthy subject. We at St. Jude Children s Research Hospital are honored to be beneficiaries of such a noble project. --Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director

Entertainment Tonight
Morgan Freeman and Nia Vardalos narrate the anti-bullying book Loukoumi And The Schoolyard Bully with proceeds benefitting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
PARENTS Magazine
Tackle Intimidation with Loukoumi & The Schoolyard Bully
TIME for Kids
A little lamb on a big mission! A new book in the Loukoumi series by Nick Katsoris teaches that bullying is not acceptable.
The Examiner
Another Sweet Loukoumi Book!
EBONY Magazine
We're blown away by Oscar winner Morgan Freeman's voice acting. Child Friendly and Mom Approved!
School Library Journal
04/01/2014
PreS-Gr 2—This well-intentioned book teaches that bullying is not cool and that we all have issues—some of them more visible than others. It starts in a familiar school setting and uses animals as characters. The included CD is narrated by Nia Vardalos; Morgan Freeman is the voice of the bully. Other character voices include Olympia Dukakis, Gloria Gaynor, John Aniston, Alexis Christoforous, Frank Dicopoulos, and Constantine Maroulis. On several pages, the text overwhelms the illustrations, and there are several loose ends that left dangling. The serviceable artwork leaves nothing to readers' imaginations. Although this book has some good features, there are many other titles that address the topic with a more vivid set of illustrations and an easier to understand story line.—Janene Corbin, Rosebank Elementary School, Nashville, TN
Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-25
In the sixth installment of Katsori's (Loukoumi's Cookbook, 2011, etc.) children's book series, Loukoumi the lamb responds to a bully by following the golden rule. Loukoumi is excited to tell her animal friends at school that her parents are expecting a new baby lamb. Her excitement is spoiled, however, when an alligator named Igor, the schoolyard bully, interrupts to mock Loukoumi's unique name (which means "sweet" in Greek), and she's hurt and confounded by his cruel words and actions. Fortunately, her crew of animal friends consoles her with wise words. They discuss the value of celebrating differences and individuality. Her monkey friend, Marika, explains that kindness and acceptance of others should prevail over cruelty and bullying. Throughout the day, Loukoumi follows her friends' advice, showing Igor forgiving kindness and respect; for example, when Igor's pencil breaks, Loukoumi happily lends him one of hers, despite Igor's prior cruelty. Igor is surprised and positively affected by her unwavering friendliness. The book provides young readers with an example of how bullying may be overcome not with retaliation, but with kind consideration. Bright, colorful illustrations lend the book an engaging cartoon aesthetic. However, the resolution of Loukoumi's bullying problem may seem too quick and easy, as Igor quickly transforms into an ally after just a few acts of kindness. However, the overarching theme of the story, the golden rule, is one which may be useful for young readers. The book's accessible text and illustrations make this a good choice for beginning readers. It also comes with an audio version of the story, animatedly narrated by Nia Vardalos, writer and star of the 2002 film My Big Fat Greek Wedding, with Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman as the voice of Igor. An engaging, cheerfully illustrated story with a classic moral.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780984161034
Publisher:
NK Publishing/Loukoumi Books
Publication date:
11/04/2013
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
886,002
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
6 - 7 Years

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Marlo Thomas
"The Loukoumi book series has long been a friend to children, opening their eyes to the world around them. This time, it provides comfort and assurance to kids who are frightened and bewildered by bullying. A worthy subject. We at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital are honored to be beneficiaries of such a noble project. --Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Chicago Books Examiner - Kathrine Moser
Not only is Loukoumi and the Schoolyard Bully a five-star children s picture book, but Loukoumi herself is five-star sweetness thanks to the creator Nick Katsoris for creating this ultra-sweet children s book series for children, which benefits the St. Jude Children s Research Hospital. What I love most about the Loukoumi series is that there is a gentleness about the books, and it doesn t rush the growing up process for children. It lets kids be who they are and what they are. There is an audio CD included in this book, which actress Nia Vardalos narrates and actor Morgan Freeman narrates the character of Igor, the alligator. Both the book and the CD are high quality along with the illustrations which are bright and colorful for children to enjoy. Children can be bullied for any number of reasons: skin color, hair or even their name, in which the character Loukoumi was bullied for in this book. The book is easy for children to understand and how they can react to when someone attempts to bully them or bully others.

Meet the Author


A graduate of Fordham College of Business Administration and Fordham Law School, Katsoris is General Counsel of the Red Apple Group and President and co-founder of the Hellenic Times Scholarship Fund, which has awarded almost 1,000 scholarships totaling over $2.5 million. Nick is also a board member of Chefs for Humanity, has worked on a Loukoumi literacy awareness program with the National Ladies Philoptochos Society, and is a member of Kiwanis International. Nick currently resides in Eastchester, New York, with his wife, Voula, a real estate broker and attorney, and their children, Constantine and Julia.

Oscar nominated star and screenwriter of My Big Fat Greek Wedding and author of the New York Times bestseller Instant Mom.

Academy Award Winning Actor as the voice of the Schoolyard Bully

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Loukoumi And The Schoolyard Bully is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.