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Leave Me Alone: A tale of what happens when you face up to a bully

Kes Gray, Lee Wildish

8 Reviews

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For National Curriculum Early Years, Interest age: from c 3 years, Fiction, Picture books, Picture storybooks, Early learning: people who help us, Personal & social issues: bullying, violence & abu

The story of a troubled little boy who faces up to his bully - and wins.

From the bestselling team behind Mum and Dad Glue comes an important story to help raise awareness at home or at school about stopping bullying.

A little boy is feeling sad because every day he has to face a bully. But this story's 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.

The gently clever use of rhyming verse gives a difficult subject a wonderfully light touch. A must-have for any child who has to deal with bullies.

'An empowering story.' - Books for Keeps

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Praise for Leave Me Alone: A tale of what happens when you face up to a bully

  • Emotionally charged illustrations match a text that conveys a serious message with humour and sensitivity. - The Bookseller

  • Lee Wildish's illustrations are lovely. The characters have a rough charm that really draws you in - there are hints of Quentin Blake's ink drawings, but Wildish's style is very much of its own. - Bookbag

  • A touching tale that resonates with empathy and poignancy. - Junior

  • A powerful and comforting book about caring for your friends and not tolerating bullying. - Junior

  • An empowering story. - Books For Keeps

  • The message is given with such a humorous lightness of touch that it comes over as an engaging story. The illustrations, full of funny but sensitive and understanding animals, are a super match for the text. - Books For Keeps

  • Speaks loudly to readers about the need to share big problems to help overcome them. Expressive illustrations and clever use of shading help reinforce Kes Gray's simple, but emotionally engaging text. A valuable story. - Carousel

  • The simple words are accompanied by strikingly original pictures which convey images of feelings and invite interpretative chat, a very useful and terrific book. - School Librarian

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Kes Gray

Kes Gray (Author)
Kes Gray is a bestselling, multi award-winning author of more than 70 books for children. He eats Ideaflakes for breakfast, spreads silliness on his toast and lives in a place called Different. Kes was the second bestselling picture book author in 2018.

Oi Frog!, Oi Dog!, Oi Cat! and Oi Duck-billed Platypus! are a top ten bestselling series. Oi Dog! won the Laugh Out Loud Picture Book Award and was shortlisted for the Sainsbury's Children's Book Award and the British Book Award, amongst others. It also won the Teach Primary New Children's Fiction Award, MadeForMums Award, Bishop's Stortford Picture Book Award and Portsmouth Picture Book Award. Oi Cat! was the Independent Booksellers Children's Book of the Season and Oi Goat! was the number one bestselling World Book Day book in 2018. Oi Frog! received a Silver Award at the Nielsen Bookscan Awards 2019, and Oi Duck-billed Platypus! was shortlisted for the Children's Book of the Year at the British Book Awards 2019.


Jim Field (Illustrator)
Jim Field is a lead-driven, pencil-pushing, 25-frames-per-second Led Zeppelin fan. He is also a hugely talented illustrator and animation director. His first picture book Cats Ahoy! won the Booktrust Roald Dahl Funny Prize and was nominated for the Kate Greenaway award. He has since illustrated a string of bestselling, multi-award-winning children's books, including Oi Frog! and The Lion Inside, as well as young fiction series Rabbit and Bear. Jim is the 5th bestselling illustrator in the UK.

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