Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Journal of a Schoolyard Bully: Notes on Noogies, Wet Willies, and Wedgies Hardcover – September 13, 2011
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
What's more, the book manages to avoid overused platitudes on the subject. Instead, the story explores bullying from an interesting alternative perspective--the bully's mind.
This is a great read from a promising young author.
This book poses a dilemma for me. I want kids to have good literature that helps them wrestle with and think through life decisions. (Spoiler alert) Niko is a completely static character who learns nothing about himself over the course of the story. On the one hand, it’s probably a realistic portrayal. Often times bullies don’t have epiphanies, even when the tables are turned on them (which happens to Niko in the book). They don’t necessarily change their ways. But then again, they don’t often have books written about them either.
Maybe it’s my age or that I’m a middle school teacher that keeps me from appreciating this book. I want books that cause my students to think about their actions. This book gives a child who is being bullied or witnessing bullying little reason to hope for change, and it gives the bully little reason to want to. As an adult, I know that bullies harm themselves in addition to those they persecute. I know bullies are to be pitied because their school days will run out and cut them loose to survive without any social skills in a world of adults who, for the most part, won’t put up with them. A typical middle schooler reading this book doesn’t yet know that.
Perhaps I’m overthinking it. It may be realistic, but I don’t see a lot of literary value here. This one won’t be going on the classroom library shelf.
I was a nerdy kid. I still am a nerdy kid. Just more grown up now. I like to read and draw and I was good in most subjects in Elementary School. I was also the object of a lot of teasing when I was a kid. It was really rough sometimes back then. In a weird kind of way, I could relate to this story. Niko, the main character and bully, is a trouble maker. He tries really hard to be good, but he can't keep the good behavior up for very long. Until, one day he takes things a bit too far.
I thought that this book was hilarious. Some parts were so outlandish and out-of-this-world that it was just plain funny. There are also these little innuendos throughout this book that I think most kids won't pick up on, but an adult who reads it will chuckle. Some parts, in particular, in the beginning where Niko is explaining how every bully should know how to come up with a cruel nick-name was really funny but sounded all too familiar. When I was a kid, my grandmother bought me a faux fur coat when I was in the 1st grade. I loved that coat and I was excited to wear it to school. I remember being dropped off at my bus stop and one kid, who I later found out had a big crush on me when I was 16, started to call me Hair Ball, and proceeded to sing, "Hair Ball, Hair Ball, Whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do, when they cough on you?" Oh yeah. It was catchy and from that day on, the name, and the awful song, stuck like glue. People still called me that until 11th grade. Pathetic.
This book isn't meant to glorify the bully. Niko is a sad little boy with insecurities and family issues.Read more ›
I think most adults will know Katz's work from Mad Magazine and a lot of the humor present there is carried over. There are situations in the story that would never be allowed to occur at any school in the United States but are illustrated to the extreme to make his point. Bullies have issues of their own and should be dealt with accordingly and quickly. I really enjoyed this one and if you enjoyed Diary of a Wimpy Kid, you will like this opposing point of view.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this book when I was looking for suitable books for a reading project on the topic of bullying. Read morePublished on October 2, 2014 by Lis loves languages
My son brought this book home from the school library and I was shocked! Schools now days are so anti-bullying and this book is anything but that! Read morePublished on February 7, 2014 by Beth Straitiff
This is a very good book.
It is very well written, the illistrations it the book are also quite interesting.
I really like this book.
Publisher-St. Read more
First off, I must put out there that I know I'm not the target audience for this book. I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as the student who's currently reading it is. Read morePublished on November 19, 2011 by MaryBookSwarm
This book was a ton of fun and the author is a very creative artist. His jokes are also laugh out loud funny. I think kids are going to love this. Read morePublished on September 16, 2011 by the overmouth