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To This Day: For the Bullied and Beautiful Hardcover – September 11, 2014
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Gr 6 Up—Bullying is a hot topic for today's children and teens, and it is sensitively handled in this long-form poem that originated as a spoken word poem performed by the author. Here, Koyczan uses personal anecdotes and borrows from the experiences of others to create a moving piece about the effects of bullying. The metaphors are very vibrant and relatable. This work will help young people facing similar situations. The triumphant ending lets readers know that overcoming the hatred of others is possible. An introduction and epilogue give personal information about the author and his art. The epilogue contains reactions from witnesses and victims of bullying and statistics about its far-reaching effects. Also included is a helpful list of resources for all types of bullying victims. The brightly colored, full-page illustrations by different artists stand out and can overshadow the text at times. The poem is very heartfelt, but there are no textual segues between the different spreads, so it feels a bit disjointed and thus sometimes difficult to follow. The latter half is more cohesive. It flows nicely, and is an excellent choice to read aloud. Purchase where resources about bullying for struggling preteen and teen readers are needed.—Morgan Brickey, Marion County Public Library System, FL
The poem is searing, exposing the short and long-term impacts of bullying, and rallying those who engage with the poem to take action and become active participants in stopping bullying. The range of art in this trim book is extraordinary; this is a true double-impact collection with the power of the verse itself interpreted in drastically different ways through the illustrative choices, from realistic sketches to comic book-style renderings to abstract representations of the tone rather than words on the page. (Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books 2014-11-01)
Powerful on a number of levels, Koyczan's timeless work proves at once confrontational and healing. (Kirkus Reviews 2014-05-12)
His passionate, implacable rejection of bullying describes the effect school violence has on the hearts and minds of its victims. But Koyczan also offers hope for healing. (Publishers Weekly)
An intense and beautiful book. (Natalie Samson Quill and Quire 2014-08-15)
The triumphant ending lets readers know that overcoming the hatred of others is possible. (Morgan Brickey School Library Journal)
Award-winning Canadian spoken-word artist Koyczan finally sets on the page a poem whose animated video has created a YouTube sensation. Posted in February 2013, Koyczan's video of the same name has generated nearly 13 million hits, challenging kids everywhere to reflect on themselves and their treatment of others. As in the video, which involved the collaboration of 86 animators and motion artists, this setting of the first-person free verse poem includes grippingly evocative spreads by 30 artists.... Koyczan includes a number of sobering facts about bullying, smartly points to the damage resulting from bullying behavior (and) charges readers: "Remember that the world will never hear you if you choose to say nothing." ... Artistic styles are wildly varied, but each spread packs a punch. (Kirkus Reviews 2014-07-01)
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