Oops Was Bullied?

Hey, Why did you Hurt me That Way?

Children - General
32 Pages
Reviewed on 04/15/2013
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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.

Sharon King

Miss. Ingerto,
Thank you for reviewing my book, ‘Oops Was Bullied?: Hey Why Did You Hurt me That Way?’. I appreciate your feedback and value the insight. While I agree with you that children are not going to be able to escape their bullies and must confront them, the intent of this first in a series of books regarding this serious matter, is to open the discussion of bullying with small children. The main character, Oops, was bullied before Allie was present, and therefore, he felt victimized and alone and scared. Allie was only able to comfort him and relay that most children are not bullies rather friends.
It is my hope that this book will allow for open discussion of what to do when a child is bullied. My future books will delve deeper into this complex issue and you will see that Oops never got to leave Earth. The content of this book is geared toward smaller children, and therefore, I wanted to ease into this delicate subject matter gently.
Thank you once again for your review and for allowing me the opportunity to further detail the reason for my open ended book. Please look for the next installment of this series and I do believe that you won’t be disappointed.
Sincerely,
Sharon King