Ages ago (I feel I’m always apologising for the lateness of my reviews – oh well, better late than never) I was sent this lovely book by Parragon Books: The Bully and the Shrimp by Catherine Allison and Kim Geyer.
This is a charming book with a serious theme to it. It is about a little boy called Noah Shrimpton who encounters a bully when he starts at his new school. The story details the things the bully does and how it makes Noah feel. Noah makes a new friend called Ellie who makes him feel a little better about the bully, whose name is Connor. However, the bullying continues. Eventually Noah plucks up the courage to stand up to Connor with the help of Ellie. In the end, Connor realises that what he was doing was wrong and he comes up and says sorry to Noah.
When I read this to my children at bedtime, they listened intently. I feel this is because they have already experienced a little bit of bullying – and I think my son may have even instigated some himself – although it was resolved and he said sorry. They were immediately interested by the topic. I really recommend this book. My kids love it and I’m sure all kids will identify with it. Lala even went to bed with it: