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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Benjamin Jay was a Bully is a children's book aimed at pre-school through first-grade kids, and is written by Emma Glover, a former elementary school teacher. It's illustrated by K.C. Snider, a wildlife artist and illustrator for children's books. Benjamin Jay is thwarted in his efforts to be the baddest of all birds when the frightened birds in Dove's Cove follow Miss Graydove's advice to use the Golden Rule in dealing with the unruly jay -- that is, they try to make friends with him. No one hides or runs away at his approach; instead, they dance and sing and merrily go about their business. This saddens and confuses the young bully as he sits by himself on a branch until the other birds welcome him in friendship.
I love Benjamin Jay was a Bully! Emma Glover's prose is fun and upbeat, and is never preachy or patronizing. The story flows beautifully. The illustrations by K.C. Snider are amazing, with an artist's attention to details and an illustrator's gift at imparting expression and action as the birds laugh, dance, sing, and cavort their way through the story. Best of all are the pictures of Benjamin Jay. It has been a rather long time since I was in the targeted age group for this book, but I enjoyed every single minute I spent reading it and lingered over the words and those incredible illustrations. Then there's the awesome message that simply and clearly speaks wisdom and coping skills for kids. Glover and Snider are a great team and Benjamin Jay was a Bully is a fabulous children's book.