Suzy Liebermann has nailed it right on the head with her book, "Hugo The Happy Starfish The Last Bully!!" This is a Great way to teach your child about bullies and what to do to prevent being bullied!
My daughter is Autistic and doesn't really understand when people are being mean to her or she is being bullied. We read The Last Bully three times to get her to really understand what a bully was and how to prevent being a victim of a bully or becoming that bully no one is going to like.
The Last Bully explains it so a child of any reading level can understand what a bully is and how to protect yourself and your friends from the Bully's!!
It is a sad world when we have to teach any child about bully's but it is wonderful that an Author like Suzy can write a book that teaches every child about the big bad bully! I know now after reading this book my daughter understands what a bully is and she will let an adult know if she feels she is being bullied!!!
Thank you Suzy for an A+ book, you really rocked it with The Last Bully!!!
Hugo was traveling through the ocean when he came upon Clooney and Bandit. Bandit was saying some horrible, false things to Clooney and was bullying Clooney. Hugo told Clooney to ignore Bandit. The next day, Hugo was once again traveling the ocean and happened upon Bandit being bullied by a larger ocean creature than Bandit was. The bully was saying similar things to Bandit that Bandit had said to Clooney the day before. Instead of Hugo ignoring this, Hugo decided to be proactive and stand up for Bandit the way he did for Clooney the day before. Bandit quickly realizes that he doesn't like the way the bully made him feel and thought that Clooney probably didn't like the way he had made him feel. They made up and decided to make the ABC Club. The ABC Club is the Anti-Bullying Club to stand up and stop bullying ocean-wide.
Just like with the other Hugo the Happy Starfish books, it is brightly illustrated and uses simple to understand words so that a very young child can enjoy the book as well as an older child. My oldest daughter, 11, loved reading this book to her siblings. It caught all of their attentions from beginning to end.
FTC Disclosure: I received this book through Tomoson for the purpose of a review. All opinions featured in this review are that of my own and are not persuaded in any way.
This book couldn't have been more well designed for her. She loves movies and books about the ocean so it immediately had her attention. When the book started out with name calling, I knew this would hit close to home! My kids constantly call names when fighting and say things that aren't true just to hurt each others feelings. It's something we are really focusing on working on right now.
Hugo the starfish has a friend named Clooney and and a bully named Bandit says things about Clooney that simply aren't true. The tables quickly turn though when the Barracuda is bullied by someone bigger then him the very next day and Hugo immediately comes to his defense, regardless of the way he treated his friend.
Together Hugo and friends form the ABC, or Anti Bully Club. The club comes to the rescue of those being bullied and teach an attitude of respect. They quickly discover that everyone needs this club at one point or another.
I loved reading this to my kids and talking about it with them. It helped them see the bigger picture in a way that they can understand. There's always someone bigger and someone meaner. Nobody is perfect and no one should be picked on for any reason. Suzy Liebermann wonderfully demonstrates the power that words can have.
Huge the Happy Starfish: The Last Bully is great character education for kids of all ages and will speak to them on a level they can comprehend.