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How to Deal With Bullies Superhero Style

illus. by Debbie Palen. 24p. ebook available. Red Chair. Sept. 2015. Tr $22.60. ISBN 9781634400091; pap. $5.95. ISBN 9781634400107; ebk. $34.65. ISBN 9781634400114.
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K-Gr 2—This early reader presents a superpowered option for dealing with bullies. Though children looking for freeze rays or bat-a-rangs are sorely out of luck, this playground superhero is not without his charms. Donning his tights anytime a bully is present, Zach jumps into action to not only save the sad victim but also offer advice. Colorful bolded text outlines Zach's super advice with quips like "no hurting others," "everyone can play," or "no calling names" as he encounters each bully. Illustrations are neither distracting or particularly dynamic as they carry the story along. They do, however, depict a diverse group of characters, which strengthens the idea that this is a message for everyone. A solid and brief topical introduction to bullying that will speak to most young readers without causing stress or upset.
VERDICT A suitable selection for collections needing antibullying material for this reading level.

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