Polacco, Patricia. Bully. PICTURE BOOK. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2012. $17.99. Content: G.
Lyla gets a cell phone and a Facebook profile to try to fit in at her new school. These items become a problem when she becomes friends with a popular group of girls. Lyla has to make some difficult choices when she and others start to be bullied.
As with all of Polacco’s books, the artwork in Bully is outstanding.
The bullying situation is fairly generic, particularly when compared to the typically distinctive qualities of Polacco’s other books, but the anti-bullying message is still very strong and effective because of the well-built character stories. It gives good examples and actions to take for people who are being bullied.
EL, MS – ADVISABLE. Reviewed by: Shay, Teacher-Librarian