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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Bull Lee the Blowfish was the new student at Undadussee Elementary School and he announced himself to be bad as he entered the classroom. The other children in the class got scared except Simon, who was good at self-control and followed the theory of Stop, Think, and Breathe and make the right choice. Though Bull Lee managed to annoy Simon, the latter stopped and took a breath and went on singing his song. Bull Lee again tried annoying Simon and complained to the teacher. The teacher allowed him to move and sent Bull Lee to time-out. Bull Lee started to make the other students in the class cry and at recess time he threw the kickball at Simon and acted as if it was a mistake. Though Simon was upset, he still kept singing his favorite song. Finally, he walked right over to Bull Lee and asked him to stop it because being a bully was only hurting him. Bull Lee was actually scared; he never thought anyone could stand up to him. What advice did Simon give Bull Lee? Would Bull Lee change his ways?
Simon Faces Bull Lee the Blowfish by Kyri Demby tackles the topic of bullying in an engaging way and will help to empower children against bullying. Kimberly James's illustrations breathe life into the story and the characters and give the plot a good pace and movement. The author's approach to a relevant subject is entertaining and will capture the attention of young readers and help them deal with bullying in a positive way and not get scared by bullies. It is a good book for children to understand where bullies come from. Tutors and parents can use the story in classrooms and homes to guide youngsters on how to deal with the bullies instead of being intimidated by them.