I’ve been anxious for the time, at the thought of when Angelo begins school. Admittedly, I over think and worry sometimes worry way too much about him. He’s taller than most kids his age and while he gets up to all sorts of ‘boyish’ shenanigans, at his core he’s quite sensitive. He’s not into most shows boys his are into. He doesn’t like noise or violence and so I worry how he’ll bond with boys his age. At the moment he’s at nursery and seems to be doing fine. Nonetheless, I was pleased to receive the book The Bully and the Shrimp by Catherine Allison and Kim Geyer. It’s a delightful story and empowering story that boys and girls alike will enjoy, irregardless if they are experiencing bulling or not.  The Bully and the Shrimp demonstrates to little ones that they can be their own hero.

The Bully and the Shrimp

1st journal entry by Noah

The main character in The Bully and the Shrimp is Noah. Noah is quite a confident little boy. However after relocating to a new home and a new school he finds himself on the receiving end of the class bully, before he’s had a chance to make a friend.  What happens next is very inspiring.  Noah keeps a journal, an art journal of sorts. He uses drawings and doodling to process his feelings. It’s through his journal entries that we the reader find out how he perceives his environment and his place in it.

The Bully and the Shrimp

Noah’s journal entry after meeting Connor

Prior to reading the story, The Bully and the Shrimp, I allowed Angelo to glance through the book while I completed a household task. I could hear him ‘reading’ (well in his mind he was reading) the story as he envisioned it based on Noah’s journal drawings. I could hear him making angry voices. He could tell from the illustration of Connor, the Bully, that he was an angry boy.I wished I’d listened closer to the story Angelo had concocted. Once we’d for sat for our story time, he was able to show me which drawings represented Connor and which were Noah even though they were in a different guise. He also found a comparison between him and Noah. Like Noah, he too had relocated. He mentioned to me that Noah still loved his ole him the way he (Angelo) did. He was pleased to see the matter was resolved in the end.

Angelo’s best bits: Noah is funny and the whole story is nice because it has boys and girls in it.

My best bits: Totally loved the idea of showing Noah’s journal entries and like the idea each person being his/her own superhero

The Bully and the Shrimp can be bough online via Amazon. The book RRP £5.99


Book Details:

Paperback Picture Book

Catherine Allison and Kim Geyer

Parragon Book Service Ltd

ISBN-10: 1472351231

ISBN-13: 978-1472351234

Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 0.4 x 24.6 cm


Please note that this is not a sponsored post however, we were sent the book to trial for the purpose of this review.


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