redA little girl says to Tommy, “You’re blushing…” She points at him and winks at Paul, the biggest bully. The classmates laugh, jeer, and whisper. “Leave me alone!” Tommy sighs. The teasing on the school playground spirals. The bully’s “tongue is as sharp as a knife” and his “fist is as hard as a brick.” The teacher finds out what is going on, but no one dares to speak. Luckily, the little girl is finally brave enough to raise her hand and halt the vicious game. When the bully confronts her later, the other children rally to her side. They have become wiser. Everyone is sometimes shy and bullying is not funny. Pencil, charcoal, ink, aquarelle, acrylic, and collage cartoon illustrations produce an aggressive back and red effect in this subtle, yet powerful book written from the viewpoint of a spectator. mjw
Title: Red
Author: Jan De Kinder
: Jan De Kinder
: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. Grand Rapids, Michigan.  U.S.
: 2015
Original Language
: Dutch
: Laura Watkinson
Original Title
: Rood, of Waarom Pesten Niet Grappig Is (Red, Or Why Bullying Is Not Funny)
Original Publisher
: Uitgeverij De Eenhoorn bvba, Belgium
Original Copyright
: 2013
: 978-0-8028-5446-9
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-8
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Born in Dendermonde, Belgium
Author’s residence
: Belgium
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Born in Dendermonde. Belgium
Illustrator’s residence
: Belgium
: Nominated for the Child and Youth Jury 2014-2015 (Belgium_
: Blushing, Bullying, Conduct of life, Difference, Peer pressure, Prejudice, School

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