Bullying is such a sad, real thing for children. This book tackles this mean, hurtful thing with a wonderful story that helps children understand what bullying is, and what they should do when it happens.
Max is so excited to start school, but when a bully starts calling him “elephant ears”, he doesn’t know what to do. His friends don’t know what to do either, and Max feels very alone. When one friend stands up to the bully, it helps Max stand up to him too.
I thought this book did a great job of showing how bullying impacts the child being bullied, as well as the other children around. I liked that we saw the feelings and worries of Max, as well as his friend who wants to speak up, but doesn’t know what to do. I think this storyline is important, as some children are not the ones being bullied, but do see bullying happening and don’t know what to do.
The story is easy to read and understand. I read this with my 7 and 9-year-old, and they both enjoyed the book, and we had a nice conversation about bullying afterward. I think that this is a good book for any child to read, as we know that bullying happens everywhere, and our children should be prepared to stand up and say something.
To Read or Not To Read:
I would recommend