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A Boy, His Bear and a Bully

Katie Flannigan PJ Reece



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08 September 2021
For some kids, school is a place full of friends and fun. For others, though, it is a lonely place where bullies pick on them and it feels impossible to be brave. Meet Scott, Buttons and Duncan, otherwise known as A Boy, his Bear and a Bully.

Scott takes Buttons to school with him every day to help him feel brave. He has to, because every day, Duncan is mean to him. Just this week, Duncan has called him names, ripped his painting, and stolen his snack from his lunchbox. Then Buttons goes missing. With his one comfort gone, Scott has to look elsewhere to find his brave, and much to his surprise, he does.

A Boy, his Bear and a Bully addresses the global issue of bullying in a hopeful, gentle way that will resonate with children who have been on either side of a bullying incident. Seeing Scott learn to stand up for himself will help children who feel afraid of bullies face them in a constructive way. Scott's bravery also inspires his friend Rosie to report Duncan's bad behaviour to a teacher, giving children a positive model of assertive behaviour.

Scott's situation is extremely common across the world. His story provides children with clear guidance on what to do if they are also being bullied, and on the role friends should play in such a scenario. It is a sensitive, inspiring conversation starter for children, carers, professionals, and anyone who wishes they could be brave.
By:   Katie Flannigan
Illustrated by:   PJ Reece
Imprint:   Exisle
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 241mm,  Width: 254mm, 
ISBN:   9781925820898
ISBN 10:   1925820890
Pages:   32
Publication Date:   08 September 2021
Recommended Age:   From 5 to 8 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for A Boy, His Bear and a Bully

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? *

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