James is an innocent child who likes to play games and thinks that his friends enjoy them as well. But one day, when his friends used his own games against him, James realized he was being a bully. Since that day, he tries to be an exemplary friend and help others when needed.
No children are born mean or wanting to become bullies. All children are born innocent. They think that what they are doing is good and fun until they are shown otherwise by their parents, teachers, or other friends who have being taught the meaning of kindness towards any living thing at an early age.
This book uses animal characters as children throughout many illustrations to show the story in detail. The illustrations walk you through how James was a happy child by hurting his friends. He didn’t know he was being a bully until one day no one wanted to play with him. Also, the illustrations show how he suffered by the games played on him and how he learned the value of friendship and kindness. In the end, not only him but everyone else was happy playing games that everybody enjoyed. It shows how James becomes a true friend.
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Reviewed by Lori A. Moore for Readers' Favorite Can you say, "Cute?" James and Games that are Not Games by Andrea Carrera is an adorable illustrated children's picture book telling the tale of James, a little boy (portrayed by the animal character of a fox) who is a bully. The story starts out with James playing pranks on his friends, also portrayed in animal characters, because it makes him happy. He pulls the pony tail of one little girl, pushes a little boy down the slide on the playground, and takes colored markers and draws on the hair of another little boy. James thinks it's funny and his mommy thinks he's an angel. He dreams of new "games" as he sleeps. But suddenly one day nobody wanted to play with James and, as he napped, they colored his fur and played the same "game" on him. It's then that he realized that he was being a bully and how much it hurt when the tables were turned. Never fear, it all ends well in James and Games that are Not Games by Andrea Carrera because James learns that playing "games" that hurt people isn't fun and he had even more fun by making friends with Charlie, Linda, and Martin and playing games they all enjoyed. It's never too early to help children understand how to make and keep friends. The characters are so cute and the story tells a good lesson about friendship and bullying that little ones can understand at their own level.