Sparky's Bully Workshop

A Reason to Rhyme

Children - Social Issues
30 Pages
Reviewed on 05/16/2020
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

“A bully is really a friend in need.” Sad, when you think of it. But don’t worry. The K-9 bully elves of the North Pole know how to set things right. They know how to teach each and every one of us to be “A B C Assertive Bold Confident”. We don’t need to fight to stand up for our rights. We need to be ourselves, be proud of who we are, and show others that we are worthy of being our own unique selves. We are all different. The K-9 bully elves have an interesting exercise to help us overcome the stigma of being bullied. Hold a mirror and look into it and say words that demonstrate your self-confidence, like: “Dear mirror, dear mirror,/ what do I see?/ A confident child – yes, it’s me!”

Bullying is a global issue. And it doesn’t begin and end in childhood, though, in many ways, perhaps that’s where it hurts the most. Victoria Ann Devine’s picture book story, Sparky’s Bully Workshop: A Reason to Rhyme, is full of rhyming good advice on how to stand up to a bully without becoming aggressive and a bully yourself. Taking the power of compassionate dogs, creating a workshop environment with a K-9 bully team leader, these North Pole anti-bully agents will help young readers build self-confidence, self-esteem and give them the assertive, bold, and confident power to stand up to bullies in a non-aggressive manner. The rhyming verses and colorful illustrations help make this a fun read as well as being positively educational.

Michele Berk

I think all her books are wonderful! Thoroughly enjoyed this book can’t wait to read it to my little cousins. Keep writing books they are so enjoyable .

Heather Murphy

I bought this book for my friend who is an elementary school teacher. Her class absolutely loved it and learned valuable lessons about bullying. Highly recommend Victoria Ann Devine’s Sparky’s Bully Workshop!

Karen Bruccoleri

Sparky's Bully Workshop is a gleeful rhyming adventure to help children to recognize and cope with bullying behaviors. A must read for kids, parents, and teachers alike to assist our children in confidently overcoming intimidating peer encounters on their own. My granddaugters love the Bully books written by Victoria Ann Devine!

Brenda Byrne

This is a wonderful little rhyming book that helps young children understand and stop bulling. The clever rhyming helps children remember what to do in case they see or are being bullied.
Mrs Divine has a marvelous way of writing to give children the self esteem they need to combat bulling.