Bullying Is No Laughing Matter

Bullying Is No Laughing Matter


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Bullying Is No Laughing Matter by Kurt J. Kolka, Tom Batiuk

Millions of Americans follow the adventures of Beetle Bailey, Blondie, Luann, Dick Tracy, Gil Thorp and other top comic strip characters. We love to laugh at their adventures-and their misadventures. But, as the title of this powerful new comic book declares: Bullying Is No Laughing Matter. This full-color paperback represents a historic "team up" of America's cartoon favorites, who are springing from the funny pages into this big new book. They're united in encouraging kids to support each other when someone begins picking on them. National research shows that new forms of bullying follow kids wherever they go-inescapably plaguing them through social media on computers and smartphones.

Some of the comic artists contributing to this book have even added personal notes sharing their own experiences with bullies-or offering brief words of encouragement to kids. This book is a unique resource encouraging kids to build supportive relationships by starting with familiar characters they may have grown up with or will enjoy meeting in these pages. Many of these brief comics are presented as discussion prompts, starting a story about bulling and then inviting kids to consider: What will happen next? How would you respond?

The format of this comic book is unusual. It's a "flip book" with two covers and two pathways through these comic adventures. The front cover takes kids (and the adults who love them) through dozens of individual comic panels and strips. Most of these pages contain personal notes from the creators of these comics. The "other cover" takes kids (and their parents, teachers and youth leaders) through a graphic novel starring a youthful super hero, The Cardinal.

The Cardinal confronts a seemingly horrible "enemy"-the Warthog-but readers discover that there's far more to this bully than we guess in our first glimpse. In the middle of the book, The Cardinal author and artist Kurt J. Kolka tells his own story of overcoming the effects of bullying, and Camille Paddock, a teenage girl who has become a real-life hero for her own triumph over bullying tells her story as well. Amazingly, readers discover that the Warthog and young Camille share similar crises in their lives. Kids can easily internalize these lessons about compassion and the courage necessary to help end bullying.

Bullying Is No Laughing Matter unites 36 nationally distributed comic strips, many of them specifically addressing the issue of bullying for the first time in this publication. Readers will enjoy colorful visits from such regulars on the funny pages as Beetle Bailey, Blondie, Dennis the Menace, Dick Tracy, Funky Winkerbean, Gil Thorp, Luann, Stone Soup, Mary Worth, and many more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939880673
Publisher: Front Edge Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 07/21/2014
Pages: 114
Sales rank: 823,130
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.31(d)

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VeryBusyMom1 More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book for Teens and Tweens about Bullying!  It's a comic book so it really grabs their attention because it's colorful and fun and they recognize the comic strips inside.  It's a flip book, and there is a longer, bullying story about "The Cardinal" comic character on the other side of the book, so it's like two books in one.  Kids can relate to the stories that the comics tell or that the people  who draw the strips have included in the margins of each page.   I enjoyed reading the book too.  I learned a lot about the people who  write the different comics strips, how historic some of them are and what motivated the comic strip artists to draw.  The comics cover a wide range of bullying topics, so every kid is sure to identify with at least a few; cyber-bullying, school place bullying,  verbal bullying, physical bullying, etc... The book is very helpful for kids to read and then to have something to talk to their parents or teachers about. It would be great for a church youth group to use as well.  If you have a child who is being bullied at school, or is the bully or if you have a kid who would like to know how to help a kid who is being bullied - this is a great book for them to read.  It will also be good for  parents who want to learn how to talk to their kids about bullying.  I really liked that there is a definition of bullying inside.  Great book. Good  for back to school time, or any time.