Seeger, Laura Vaccaro Bully Roaring Book Press, 2013. $15.99 PICTURE BOOK Content: G.
On a farm, a bull is asked to play by other animals. He tells them no and then proceeds to call them names (this is where things get weird—he actually calls a pig a pig and a chicken a chicken, but I think they are meant as insults, which is confusing for little kids). He tells the skunk that he stinks and calls the turtle a slow poke, but the goat finally calls the bull a bully. Then the bull looks confused and he says sorry and asks the animals if they want to play.
I didn’t like this book-it’s confusing because I think it’s aimed at little kids so they can understand what a bully is, but by having the character be a bull it doesn’t have enough words to make a clear point. My boys had no idea what was going on in the story, and they quickly wanted to read a different book.
EL (K-3)-OPTIONAL. Reviewer, C. Peterson.