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Reviewed by Amy Louise Hill for Readers' Favorite
The Big Mean Mean Bully by Levon Brevard-Mays is an educational picture book for young children. A young boy named Eugene is nervous about school. He hasn't studied for the test and knows his mom will be furious if he doesn't achieve a good grade. This makes Eugene grumpy and mad. Throughout the day, Eugene attends different classes. He plays dodgeball, but isn't very good, which causes the other children to laugh at him. Eugene reacts the only way he knows how. He throws a ball at a boy out of anger. Later on, the same boy offers to help Eugene, but he refuses and begins bullying him instead. Will Eugene learn the error of his ways and turn things around?
The Big Mean Mean Bully was a joy to read. It is the perfect book for showing how a child can be misunderstood. Bullies can be created by many things such as being under pressure or going through something tough at home. In most cases, children are simply looking for help and don't know how to ask for it. They will act out and attract attention to themselves in the hope that their feelings will be seen and heard. I feel if we can educate children early enough, it can be prevented and help them to have a better childhood. I was impressed to learn how young the author is. He has done such a great job of creating a useful book for children his age, and I'm confident it will prove to be beneficial in their education. I hope to see more from the talented Levon Brevard-Mays; he's certainly someone to look out for!