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Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group


Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Roaring Brook Press


Bully doesn't have a kind word for any of his friends. When the other animals ask him to play, he responds in the way he's been taught:

Chicken! Slow poke! You stink!

Laura Vaccaro Seeger's bold, graphic artwork, along with her spare but powerful words, make for a tender, hilarious, and thoughtful tale. This title has Common Core connections.

A Neal Porter Book

NCSS-CBC: Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, ALA Notable Children's Books, American Library Association Notable Children's Books, Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year

Praise for Bully

“What's lovely about ‘Bully' is that the little bull is a sympathetic character throughout. Having shown us the reason for his anger, Seeger offers children a way to root for him.” —The New York Times

“For a book containing only 18 words (22 if you count the duplicates), this title packs a punch, or perhaps a pat on the shoulder. Beginning with the stop-sign-red cover sporting an angry brown bull, author-illustrator Laura Vaccaro Seeger signals her intent to tackle an ugly subject, carefully calibrating it for the very youngest.” —The Washington Post

“Intelligently conceived and beautifully executed, this picture book is visually and verbally pared down to essentials, making it accessible to a wide age range. Yet for all its simplicity, this story opens up a number of complex issues for discussion.” —Booklist, starred review

“Seeger's pages pop with action, and the lesson couldn't be clearer.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review


In the Press

This clever picture book illustrates how name-calling starts — and why it should stop. - The Washington Post

Reviews from Goodreads

Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Among Laura Vaccaro Seeger's many distinctive books for children are First the Egg, a Caldecott Honor Book and Geisel Honor Book; One Boy, a Geisel Honor Book; Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories, winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award; and Green, recipient of five starred reviews. Laura lives on Long Island with her husband, Chris, their two sons, Drew and Dylan, and their dog, Copper.

Roaring Brook Press

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