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The Skinny on Bullying Perfect Paperback – November 1, 2010
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Never before has a book addressed bullying in such a concise, user-friendly, entertaining and straight forward format as this exceptional offering, the skinny on bullying: the legend of Gretchen. ...Superior in every regard, the skinny on bullying: the legend of Gretchen is a must-read.
-Herald-Tribune, Friday, March 11, 2011
This book cleverly uses the graphic novel approach, combined with simple, cartoon-type artwork that will quickly engage young students while it conveys important concepts for dealing with bullying.
-Author Max Elliot Anderson, Books for Boys Blog
I strongly urge all parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, teachers, and principals to put a copy of The Skinny on Bullying: The Legend of Gretchen in the hands of every young person in your life. The book is presented in a very delightful comic book-type format with lovable, funny characters that kids of any age would love reading about. I can see a teenager enjoying this book as easily as a fifth grader.
My son grabbed a book that I was reviewing for this issue, The Skinny On Bullying: The Lesson of Gretchen and he read through it twice. It s a funny, cartoon-style book that addresses the very real and scary issue of bullying. After reading, I asked his opinion of the book & he said he really liked it. He didn't know why, but he really liked it. And he sat still for a little bit, deep in thought. I could tell he was chewing on the information that he read, trying to make sense of it.
-Metro Family Magazine - --.
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Mike Cassidy is a writer, marketing professional and social media expert who grew up outside New York City. Mike is a 2006 graduate of Villanova University with a degree in Communications. Follow him on twitter @cassidyventures.
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Their parents also were glad to have something written to share along with them as opposed to just talking
this subject over. The illustrations along with the book were also very interesting.
My eldest son sometimes is misbehaving by bullying his younger brother and sister, which makes this book to come in just the right time. The subject of bullying is a very important matter that every parent has to be concerned about. The book educates you to know what is bullying, the different forms of bullying, how to determine if you are being bullied or if you yourself is acting as a bully. And finally, it addresses what to do in both cases.
One important thing I like about the Skinny books is that it appeals even to much younger generation who I think will benefit big to these kinds of subjects; I am talking about my 5th grader here. Most of the topics are adults' subjects, but with the way the books are presented, my son enjoys reading them.
Disclaimer: A pre-publication copy review.
I really liked it. It's very simple; graphics and visuals illustrate the salient points and it could be read in one sitting. I especially liked the part that highlighted celebrities who were bullied, celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Taylor Lautner, Michael Phelps and Eminem.
It also addresses how many bullied kids inadvertently become bullies themselves.
The only thing I didn't like was how the book advised kids to stay away from hot spots where bullies hang out, places like the cafeteria, playground and...bathrooms? The author is advising kids to avoid bathrooms. How is that possible? Should they hold it until they get home? I found that advise a little bit silly, but the rest of the book was excellent.
EDIT: Since the author has kindly informed me that the published version will not include the advise about avoiding bathrooms, I changed my review from 4 stars to 5 stars.
The book follows a similar format to other "Skinny On" books. It tells the story of Billy and Beth, two ten-year-old children who enter middle school and become the targets of a bully, Gretchen. The book does a good job of explaining what bullying is in language that children can understand, and points out the four main types of bullying: physical, verbal, indirect, and cyberbullying.
I understand the usage of repetition in teaching and learning, and the one thing a reader of this book will undoubtedly remember is "The Golden Rule." The golden rule is "Talk to an adult." Yes, this is good advice, and important for children to learn. However, there are three ways listed that you can help a victim of bullying, the first being The Golden Rule, and the next two being "Stand up to the bully," and "Be an ally." I didn't think there was enough on how to stand up to a bully or how to be an ally. I'd have liked to have seen these developed more and have instruction and tips on how to better stand up to a bully or be an ally.
There were some good suggestions on how to avoid being bullied, but again, I think more could have been provided. The three suggestions in the book are to stay in groups, avoid hot spots, and stay confident. I'd like to see these expanded and also have more examples of how kids can do them, especially stay confident.
I did like the part in the story where the principal points out that Billy and Beth did a type of bullying too. This goes along with my safety teaching when I make people look at what they do that affects the situation they encounter.
I like the book, and think it would be good to give to a child to read, and then have a more detailed discussion with the youngster. The book is far from complete, nor is it as well researched as many of the other "Skinny On" books, but it does tackle an important topic and provides a good starting point to discuss bullies and bullying with younger readers.
Reviewed by Alain Burrese, J.D., author of the upcoming Tough Guy Wisdom series.
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