Katie Flannigan has had twenty years' experience in the Health Sector, and now writes full time for children. She lives in Melbourne with her husband, three children and way too many dogs. PJ Reece is an Australian illustrator who has done illustration work for Blake Education, sold greeting cards of his designs at various retail outlets and has had two children's books published through Little Steps Publishing that feature his illustrations.
It is, but it deals with the issue skillfully. It is not preachy or didactic. Katie Flannigan's development of the characters is skillful. P.J. Reece's illustrations add another level of meaning and humour to an important and serious topic. He has skillfully used colour, white space, contrast and different design elements throughout. Some are full page illustrations; others focus in on the action where the illustrations are framed in a circle - it's a bit like looking through a porthole. By the end of the story, readers are given some tools they can use - the 'Stop it. I don't like it' message, along with what to do if someone you know is being bullied. There are apologies given and forgiveness shown. This book will sit well in education and home settings, forming the base for good discussions about navigating bullying in a modern environment. * Kids Books NZ * Scott finding his brave is the very best thing, and now things are different. A simple story about standing up for yourself when something is happening that you don't like. A friend by your side always helps. * What Book Next? *