Loukoumi and the Schoolyard Bully 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 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.
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
What People are Saying About This
"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.
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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.