Billy Has A Birthday: Bullying (Billy Growing Up) (Volume 1)
Bullying is an issue in many children’s lives. This book will help to make your child bully-proof.
Billy Field celebrates his tenth birthday with his school friends, but Eddy Jost is upset at not being invited to the party. When Billy receives a special present from his granddad Eddy finds out, and wants it for himself. Using bullying tactics Eddy takes the present, leaving Billy devastated. And worse, Billy feels he has to keep his loss a secret from his parents and granddad.
Max Turner, Billy’s best friend's sister, wants to help Billy, and she tells Billy's granddad. Max and Granddad hatch a plan to recover the present.
What is Max’s plan? Does the bully get what's coming to him? Will Billy get his present back?
Billy Has A Birthday is the first title in the Billy Books series. Each book addresses a unique topic—bullying, arrogant pride, jealousy, lying, stealing, lack of self-belief, understanding money, and secrets. Written to help parents, guardians and teachers deal with the issues that challenge pre-teen children, each topic is presented in a gentle way through storytelling. Setting the issues in a meaningful context helps children to understand the challenges, and to see things from a different perspective. The books act as icebreakers allowing for discussions on difficult subjects. Additionally, each title is supported by a free activity book to reinforce the learning, while having fun.
Buying this book today will support your child in the battle against bullying; a destructive and unpleasant behaviour.
The author did a great job of incorporating true-to-form verbiage and props (references of YouTube, Internet, etc.) that target readers of this genre, for this generation, will relate to. Though, it saddens me a bit to see elements like this needing to be incorporated into children's books, as I prefer the simplicity of the ones I grew up reading. But even many of those have been revamped to appeal to "today's kids".
I commend the author on tackling such sensitive subjects as bullying, and still finding a way to resolve the conflict in a child-like way, using magic tricks. That really impressed me because, as I read further into the story, I wondered if the little boy would actually get beaten up, I wondered how violent the story would become, because, even though "today's kids" see violence and hear vulgarity on TV, the radio, and even some of the games they play, I feel authors should hold their work to a higher standard and encourage, teach, and mold through their writing. This author met that standard for me.
I will definitely be reading more books in the Billy series. Well done!