Grade 2-5–Ludwig continues to tackle serious subjects in this follow-up to My Secret Bully (River Wood, 2003) and Just Kidding (Tricycle, 2006). Here she deals with the insincere apology. Jack's friend Charlie behaves badly all the time and gets away with it by saying he's sorry even though he clearly isn't. Jack doesn't like this about Charlie, but he does like how being the boy's friend makes him a somebody. Then Charlie damages Leena's science-fair project, and she tells him that Sorry doesn't cut it! A teacher helps him understand that he has to make amends for the hurt and damage he has caused. With Jack's help, he fixes the project. In the end, Jack chooses Leena's company over Charlie's. An afterword on the importance of apology, an author's note, discussion questions, and Apology Dos & Don'ts are appended. The text is stilted and lacks an authentic age-appropriate voice. Manning's digital pastel-and-watercolor illustrations effectively capture the characters' myriad emotions and provide valuable support to the text. Purchase this title as need dictates.–Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
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This was a great book to explain to children the importance of thinking about your actions beforehand and how an apology doesn't fix anything. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Addict
Really gets to the heart of the matter - why kids say "sorry" and how we can help them to make it meaningful.Published 9 months ago by L. Hancock
Perfect for teaching kids that just saying, "Sorry!" doesn't fix the bullying.Published 10 months ago by Noel R
It was ok. I was hoping for a little more content, explanation and story. I would'nt suggest this one to anyone thoughPublished on June 24, 2013 by The Loyal Texan
It is never too early to teach your kids how to respond when confronted with teasing. Just because someone says "sorry" doesn't mean that their behavior should be excused.Published on May 18, 2013 by Sophia F. McNeil