Nobody!: A Story About Overcoming Bullying in Schools

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Erin Frankel, Author

Paula Heaphy, Illustrator

Free Spirit Publishing, Fiction, May 15, 2015

Suitable for Ages: 5-9

Themes: Bullying, Differences, Accountability, Relational Aggression, Self-confidence

Opening: I used to like school. But that was before somebody decided to make my life miserable. Before somebody named Kyle made me feel like a NOBODY!

Publisher Synopsis: Thomas feels like no matter what he does, he can’t escape Kyle’s persistent bullying. At school, at soccer—nowhere feels safe! “Mom said Kyle would grow over the summer and stop picking on me, but he didn’t grow up, he just grew.” With support from friends, classmates, and adults, Thomas starts to feel more confident in himself and his hobbies, while Kyle learns the importance of kindness to others.

What I love about this book:

  • Erin Frankel and Paula Heaphy, who created the popular Weird series, have published a powerful stand-alone picture book for boys about bullying. Many of the beloved characters in the Weird, Dare and Tough, appear in the background of Nobody! 
  • Readers will identify with the name-calling, insults, threats, fear, and anger. The characters are realistic and the language is simple, but edgy.
  • Thomas narrates the story. We watch him grow from the victim who doesn’t like feeling like a nobody to a more self-confident somebody. I like how his narrative is accompanied with “bubble comments” from all the characters on each page. This allows the reader to be more engaged in the story dynamics as they hear from Thomas, the bully, siblings, parents, teachers and bystanders. The bully, Kyle, also learns a few lessons.
  • Nobody! is an excellent resource for teaching school-age children good emotional techniques to stand-up for what is right, to survive and grow beyond bullying. This is another book that belongs in every school library.
  • Paula Heaphy’s stand-out illustrations are pen and ink drawings with splashes of color. They are bold, expressive, emotive and capture the action in the story. I also like her use of white space. Children will find her illustrations especially appealing.

Resources: The book concludes with “activity club” pages for kids, as well as information to help parents, teachers, counselors, and other adults foster dialogue with children about ways to stop bullying. I would pair this book with the first three books, Weird, Dare and Tough.  Visit  Erin Frankel at her website.

About Patricia Tiltonhttps://childrensbooksheal.wordpress.comI want "Children's Books Heal" to be a resource for parents, grandparents, teachers and school counselors. My goal is to share books on a wide range of topics that have a healing impact on children who are facing challenges in their lives. If you are looking for good books on grief, autism, visual and hearing impairments, special needs, diversity, bullying, military families and social justice issues, you've come to the right place. I also share books that encourage art, imagination and creativity. I am always searching for those special gems to share with you. If you have a suggestion, please let me know.

18 thoughts on “Nobody!: A Story About Overcoming Bullying in Schools

  1. Patricia- sounds like another great find. Thank you for sharing, I’m definitely going to investigate! Appreciate your (as always) clear and descriptive summary!


    • Thank you Cynthia. This is a great story, and is a companion to the Weird series, where each book is dedicated to the victim, the bystander and the bully. My favorite series. Thank you for sharing on twitter.


  2. Pat, Thanks for reviewing this book. This sounds like a wonderful book to help kids and parents open a dialogue about bullying. It’s great that the book includes activity sheets and resources for parents, as well.


  3. There seem to be so many books about bullying out right now. This one sounds like the bully learns something too. I like that. This would be a good book to read with a child and discuss after.


    • Yes, the author focuses on all the characters and the bully learns something too. This book, along with its companion Weird series, is my favorite bully series. The artwork is unique.


  4. I agree with Darlene that it’s nice to see a book where the bully changes, too. It’s great that there are so many bully books out there; I just hope that doesn’t mean that there are more cases of bullying these days.


  5. Is this a picture ebook, Pat? It is awesome that so many books are addressing bullying in such creative ways. This looks like a great addition.


    • Yes, it is a wonderful picture book. But, you can also get it as an ebook. You would love the illustrations and the overall layout. I reviewed the three books in the (Weird, Dare, Tough) series by the author/illustrator duo a few years ago and was impressed with how unique their books were. The characters in the first books appear in the background of NOBODY. I bought the entire collection for our granddaughter. Am pleased they have written a book for boys.


    • Julie, you would really appreciate the illustrations, the minimal use of color and the white space in NOBODY. It’s an excellent story for kids. Yes, the first line is a great hook for the story. Frankel and Heaphy have also published the WEIRD series for girls, which I mentioned in my review.

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