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Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain (Laugh & Learn®) Paperback – August 15, 1997
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“This self-help guide is packed with mind-easing information.” —Carolina Parent
“Attractive format . . . especially accessible to children.”—School Library Journal
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I bought this book three years ago, and read it to my then 6-year-old. The writing, and the cartoon-like pictures, made it enjoyable for him. We discussed the topic at hand -- bullies. At that age he was riding the bus to school, and was on the playground sometimes with older kids -- bullying was a concern he'd brought up often. I was concerned -- certainly I didn't want him to just turn the other cheek. I'd also noticed that sometimes his reaction to bullies was to 'out bully' them.
This book gave him some ideas on how to cope. It is a great conversation starter for parents and kids. Why do bullies bully? What else could they do? What can YOU do if bullied? What ELSE could you do? Does bullying the bully work? Why not?
A couple of weeks ago, before school began, I noticed that he'd pulled the book out and was reading up on it again.
A good book to read with your kids, and evidently one they can also read to themselves as a refresher course!
I would recommend this book for any classroom library.
This book is a tool of empowerment for parents, educators and anybody involved with children on any level. One thing that is VITAL to keep in mind is NEVER make light of bullies and their cruelty. That will only make the child being bullied feel that the bullying behavior is being sanctioned and that recourse is out of the question. Making excuses for bullies also compromises respect; children are hard put to feel respect for an adult who exercises such poor judgment and appears to be taken in by bullies.
Condoning bullying behavior and mouthing platitudes to the bullied, such as "can't you take a joke/s/he's only kidding/work it out for yourself/you're too sensitive" is just as harmful as the bullying behavior. Platitudes of that ilk send out a "blame the victim" message and suggest that the bullying is not a serious matter when in fact it is. Recent events and relevant studies have shown that many school shooters were bullied.
Turning the other cheek means, I believe not responding to cruelty with cruelty. Self defense is an entirely different matter. Bullies will step up their abuse if they are not kept in check. They will continue to harass their targeted victims until they get the desired response. That is why telling children to ignore bullies does not work. Bullies don't let that one work.
Trevor Romain is a genius who clearly understands a myriad of dynamics among children. His clever cartoon pictures and his question and answer section open the doors to discourse and problem solving. I like the way he encourages readers to think of what they would do if they were being bullied and also to see if they are acting as bullies towards anyone else.
An excellent book to read with children and one they are sure to come back to enjoy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I give this book to all the parents I know when they talk about their child having difficulty in elementary school with someone annoying. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tricia H.
Good book. Only 4 stars because some of the language was a little strong for elementary school kids. Best suited for a middle school class.Published 10 months ago by Green Trees
Bullies ARE a pain, and this book communicates that fact in language that students will be able to understand. I found it very helpful.Published 11 months ago by Marilyn
Good book to learn how to deal with bullies and confrontational situations.Published 16 months ago by GJD
Very well written and certainly suitable for adults. Easy reading and humorous!Published 16 months ago by L. Martinez
And whose kids or grandkids don't deal with bullies these days? Not many is correct.
Bought as a gift for 3 grandkids as an informational tool. Read more