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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 640L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582463808
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582463803
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.3 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review, Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2011:
"...anyone suffering the oxygen-depleting windbaggery of the neighborhood boaster will find solace here."

About the Author

TRUDY LUDWIG, author of seven books for children, has been profiled on national television, on radio, and in newsprint.  An active member of the International Bullying Prevention Association, she is a sought-after speaker who collaborates frequently with organizations like The Ophelia Project, Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Project, and Putting Family First.  Trudy's books have received the Mom's Choice Gold Award, the CCBC's "Best of the Best" award, and have been recognized as NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Books for Young People.

ADAM GUSTAVSON has illustrated more than a dozen picture books, including the award-winning The Yankee at the Seder, also published by Tricycle Press. Accolades for Adam's books include the IRA-CBC Children's Choice, Bank Street Best Books of the Year, and a Sydney Taylor Honor. Adam received an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and has taught illustration at Seton Hall University, The University of the Arts, and Passaic County College.


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Trudy Ludwig
Making a Difference in Kids' Lives, One Book at a Time(R)

Trudy is a nationally acclaimed speaker and an award-winning author who specializes in writing children's books that helps kids cope with and thrive in their social world. She has received rave reviews nationwide from educators, experts, organizations, and parents at schools and conferences around the US for her passion and compassion in addressing peer aggression and friendship issues.

An active member of the International Bullying Prevention Association, Trudy collaborates with leading US experts and organizations, including the Committee for Children, and has been featured in numerous national and regional media outlets. She has also served as content advisor for Sesame Street Workshop's "Good Birds Club" TV episode and as an expert panel member on Sesame Street's video series on bullying.

Trudy's books have received numerous awards and citations including NAPPA's Gold Medal for Books, Mom's Choice Gold Awards, Moonbeam Children's Books Gold Award, and are included in the Cooperative Children's Book Center's Best of the Year Selection, ADL's "Read4Respect" Program Book Selection, NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Books for Young People Selection, the National Crime Prevention Council's Circle of Respect Book Club Selection, the Junior Library Guild Selection, and the School Library Journal Best Picture Books Selection.

"Because the social world of today's children is very complex and difficult to navigate, I try to include in my stories the wisdom and insights of young readers so that my books resonate with the authenticity of their life experiences and views," she says. "I also have the added pleasure of tapping into my own inner child--letting her laugh, cry, and simply breathe."

For more information about Trudy, her books, school visits, conference keynotes, and workshop presentations, please visit www.trudyludwig.com.

Customer Reviews

Good friends don't make us feel inadequate.
Laura B.
This book teaches children the concept about how bragging and communicating egotistically about himself or herself to others can push friends away.
Teacher Sunshine
I've added "Better Than You" to my collection of Trudy Ludwig's helpful and heartfelt books.
JeanB

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By mj on September 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am a school counselor and have had the priviledge of Trudy visiting our school twice. Her books are always straight to the point (on tough topics) and well written. When I read her books to group of students, you can hear a pin drop... they are captivated by her ability to connect on issues that are often difficult to put your finger on.

Better Than You does not disappoint, in fact, I can't wait to read this with my own children and plug it into classroom lessons in the next couple of weeks. So grateful for all of Trudy's dedication to quality literature based on felt needs of children today!

I would recommend purchasing all of Trudy's books for proactive parenting. :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Signe Whitson on October 2, 2011
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I first fell in love with Trudy Ludwig's writing when I read My Secret Bully It was the perfect Read & Discuss student activity to include in my own book, Friendship and Other Weapons: Group Activities to Help Young Girls Aged 5-11 to Cope With Bullying. Since then, I've become a avid fan of Ludwig's books for reading and sharing with kids--including my own daughters, ages 8 & 5.

Yesterday afternoon, when our copy of Better Than You arrived, we all cozied up on the sofa, eager for another good read. Indeed! Both of my kids are all too familiar with the "Jake-type:" the kid who has an incessant need to one-up everyone else. They both really related to the pufferfish analogy about kids who brag a lot and understood exactly what Ludwig means when she writes, "But when a kid acts like a pufferfish, he takes up so much space that he can also push friends away." Brilliant. So simple, so clear, and so true.

As a Mom of kids who have been guilty of "puffing" a time or two themselves--particularly with each other--Better Than You was a great conversation starter and powerful reminder of how others perceive puffery and bragging. This book is a must read for kids and a must-share for parents, teachers, counselors, and anyone living or working with kids.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Rose on March 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A good story but I felt like I was left hanging a bit at the end. I wanted to see how Tyler might confront Jake about the bragging problem. To give kids an example of how to bring up a problem their having in a polite way and in the end being able to possibly maintain the friendship.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sandra McLeod Humphrey on October 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a retired clinical psychologist and a character education consultant, I have seen characterological problems from all aspects and for people of all ages. What began with the "Me-Generation" seems to have fostered a generation of kids who tend to be somewhat narcissistic and insensitive to others' feelings--kids we describe as lacking in empathy. Readers, both kids and adults, will immediately recognize the egocentric Jake and will also readily identify with the long-suffering Tyler who doesn't know how to deal with Jake's ongoing one-upmanship and his lack of empathy. This is a wonderful resource for both the home and the classroom and will facilitate some great discussions. As with all of Ms. Ludwig's books, another life lesson is presented in a warm and caring way. Highly Recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Counseling Corner on October 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have used all of Trudy Ludwig's books in my counseling practice at an elementary school. I share them with assemblies, classes, small groups of students, and families. Her style is current and right on target for each relationship issue she addresses. Better Than You is a wonderful addition to her collection that addresses arrogance with empathy, humor, and tools. The students I shared it with this fall connected with it right away and loved the funny scene of how arrogance is like a puffer fish! They also appreciated the message that you didn't have to be cool in everything, but connecting, rather than competing, was the coolest way to be friends.

It is rare to find such a talented author bringing awareness to such important life skill topics in a way that is accessible to young and old alike. I love Trudy Ludwig and her books!!! :
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Masarie on February 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Once again, with "Better Than You," Trudy Ludwig captures an issue at the heart of conflict in kids' social lives today: how to deal with bragging, boasting, arrogance. Through her spot-on story telling, she offers insights into what this behavior looks like and what kids and the caring adults in their lives can do about it. The book is a great tool for parents and teachers alike to use as bibliotherapy, to help their children grow strong in character and in friendship skills. I highly recommend the book--and all of Trudy's other wonderful additions to the character-building genre.

Kathy Masarie MD
Family Empowerment Network
Author of "Raising Our Daughters: The Ultimate Parenting Guide for Healthy Girls and Thriving Families"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Books That Heal Kids on February 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Author Trudy Ludwig continues to help the kids in my school with yet another awesome book. Does she read my mind or something? I'm always complaining there are not enough good ones out there on sportsmanship and bragging. These behaviors can be big problems for children and cause many an unhappy face in the classroom or on the playground. Lets not forget the headache they cause the adults too!

You are gonna love the metaphor of a pufferfish Trudy uses to give insight as to what's behind these bragging attitudes. "But when a kid acts like a pufferfish, he takes up so much space that he can also push away friends." Light bulbs were flashing all through my audience as I read that page. This was so helpful to me as a teaching tool. I made an outline of a pufferfish on the board so we could get some brainstorming/discussion rolling.

I love the ending of her story. Trudy doesn't sugarcoat it with a "and then we made up and were bff's." Tyler decides in the end to go his own way with a new friend - one that doesn't have issues. One of the students yelled out, "Yes! He chose a friendly fish. Like a dolphin!" Ha ha. Kids need to be reminded they don't have to stick around and be beat up emotionally by bad behavior. When I look around our playground I see kids in that sidekick position. But I got to make an impact on them with this great new story. Maybe they will start making some new friendship choices. It seems likely........

Keep em' coming Trudy.
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