Leave Me Alone by Kes Gray
A Tale of What Happens When You Stand Up to a Bully

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In this sensitively told story, a little boy is feeling sad because every day he has to face a bully. But the little boy also has friends. A frog, a cat, a rabbit, a cow, and other animal friends insist on helping him, even after he tells them: "There's nothing you can do for me/ There's nothing you can say." Fortunately, he is mistaken, because the next time the bully approaches, they all join with him and shout, "LEAVE HIM ALONE!" And it works! The bully turns around and goes away. Author Kes Gray's gently clever use of rhyming verse gives a difficult subject a wonderfully light touch. Large color illustrations on every page capture the spirit of a story that will have special meaning for many little boys and girls.

About Kes Gray

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Kes Gray is an English writer of children's books who began as an award-winning advertising copywriter. Today, Kes Gray's juvenile titles are popular on both sides of the Atlantic.
Published September 1, 2011 by Barron's Educational Series. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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Responding to the inquiries of a solicitous fly, frog, robin, cat, rabbit, cow, pig and magpie, a downcast lad explains that “My problem is a giant / So big he blocks the sun, / Who teases me and bullies me / Every day for fun.” In Wildish’s splashy, textured outdoor scenes, the bully, when he sh...

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“ ‘Leave me alone,’ I said./ ‘Sorry,’ said the cat./ ‘Your sadness makes my whiskers wilt,/ I think we need to chat.’ ” Eight animals later, the boy reveals the source of his anxiety, a giant “So big he blocks the sun,/ Who teases me and bullies me/ Every day for fun.” While G...

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So although it would be an interesting book to raise discussions about teasing and bullying amongst infant school children, I'm not sure if it would be something they'd want to pick up and read themselves.

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