Saturday, March 17, 2012

Review + Giveaway: The Incredible Shrinking Bully

*** Rafflecopter form for the giveaway is after the "Read More" cut at the bottom***

Giveaway details after the Review! (The Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY as long as you can download from Smashwords)

How I got this Book : Sent to me by the author
Date read: March 15 2012
My rating: 5 stars

I first saw this book on Goodreads in the giveaways section and entered the contest to win it. I have an almost 10 year old nephew and a 2 year old niece, so I thought that, if anything I would read it with them. (Maybe not my niece so much right now since she is still so young.)

After I had entered the giveaway on Goodreads, Mona over at Chick-E Limited contacted me about reading her book The Incredible Shrinking Bully in exchange for an honest review.  I gladly agreed.

This book is very well done. It is honest and straightforward. The children in the story have real feelings that aren't overdramatic or exaggerated. I also like the fact that this book isn't in constant rhyme. The names rhyme, but nothing else. I know that's an effective tool for writing children's stories but I'm glad it was only used with the names.

 I really like the comparison of the feelings that the author makes to shrinking and growing. When they are being bullied the kids start to shrink. When they decide to stand up to the bully, they grow from their confidence and he shrinks because they won't stand for his bullying anymore. I think that the illustration of this growing and shrinking concept is a powerful and effective way to help kids understand the power of words and the effect they can have.

I was teased when I was younger and I wish that a book as nicely done as this had been around to read.

There is a very positive dedication at the front of the book which helps drive home the positive outlook of this book. There are also questions at the back of the book that can help engage children in a discussion about bullying, which is great.

Mona has offered to give away 5 coupon codes for a download of The Incredible Shrinking Bully on Smashwords. Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway Below for your chance to win!

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