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Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite
“Oops Was Bullied?: Hey, Why did you Hurt me That Way?”, written by Sharon King and illustrated by Misty Bailey LaRoe, is a cute story that discusses the ever-growing social issue of bullying. Oops is a green alien who accidentally arrived on Earth. Allie hears some noises behind a tree when she is at the park and discovers Oops sitting there, who is very upset as three children treated him unkindly. Allie explained that these three children were being bullies and explained what bullying is. Allie became a friend of Oops and Oops was glad to have met her.
This story is a good way to introduce the concept of bullying and to explain what bullying is and how it can hurt others. While this is a cute story that will hold a child’s attention, the story did not really address how to handle bullies. Allie stated that she wished she had seen the bullies as she would have told them not to treat Oops like that; however, the bullies were not confronted as to their behavior. Oops returned to his planet thankful for making a friend, which is great because Allie did not bully Oops and was his friend even though he was different. However, he did not have a chance to stand up to the bullies. In real life children are not going to be able to escape their bullies and go to a different planet. Therefore, it would have been nice for the story to go a little further and address the issue of bullying in more details. This being said, the book can be a great discussion starter and also help children to work through various scenarios of what could have happened if Oops was not able to return to his own planet right away and how he would have worked through the situations.