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Bullies, Bigmouths and So-Called Friends: Bullies, Bigmouths and So-called Friends [Paperback]

Jenny Alexander
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2 Feb 2006 Bullies, Bigmouths and So-Called Friends (Book 4)

Most books about bullying tell children how to act without addressing how they feel. But the usual advice to 'ignore it' or 'say something smart' is doomed to fail, as you can't act brave and confident if you feel stressed and helpless inside.

Jenny Alexander's approach is to develop readers' psychological defences. Through an entertaining mix of exercises, quizzes and fictional scenarios, she combines common sense with simple cognitive therapy techniques, to build up children's self esteem. Her tone is humorous and upbeat, but always sensitive to the reader's feelings.

This new, updated edition takes account of recent technologies such as texting, MSN and bluejacking, which are increasingly abused by bullies.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books; 2 edition (2 Feb 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340911840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340911846
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 12.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jenny Alexander has written numerous fiction and non fiction books for children and one for adults, including 8 children's self-help books on bullying and related topics and two fiction series, Car-mad Jack and Peony Pinker. She teaches evening courses in Cornwall and one-day and week-end workshops further afield - all the details are on her popular blog, http://writinginthehouseofdreams.com/

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Unique in teaching children how to boost their self-esteem and so prevent bullying from affecting their lives. (Independent)

This is an important book for youngsters who want to become bully-proof. (The Funday Times)

This brill book is full of tips on how to build up your confidence and look after yourself. We like! (Bubble)

At last, a book that really helps you to deal with the people in your life who are making you miserable. (Bookseller)

An ideal book to be used in schools. (ChildLine in Schools)

The ideal book for teachers or counsellors... as well as children themselves. (Education Today)

Offers simple strategies for building up confidence so that taunts and teasing have fewer insecurities to feed on. (Sainsbury's Magazine)

There is much in this book that children might find of real help. (Books for Keeps)

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A new, updated edition of this highly acclaimed book which shows children aged 9-12 how to make themselves bullyproof.

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just starting secondary school. A MUST 29 Sep 2009
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I purchased this book for my 11 year old son who has just started secondary school. He started having a few problems with some close friends and however hard I tried to help with advice I don't think it was sinking in. So I purchased this book, which is written for the child it is easy to read with some cartoon style formats and with examples of situations and the best way to deal with them. I have also tried to read it (my son kept taking the book back!)so I can give the same advice. My son said it is a good book and has definately helped him. I would recommend this book.
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118 of 121 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book! 5 Nov 2003
Bullies, Bigmouths and So-called Friends should be on the school syllabus. Every child could benefit from reading it and doing the exercises. Not only is this book absolutely packed to the rafters with fantastic advice - it's also a great read. The language is down to earth, totally appealing and funny. It made me laugh out loud as well as examine my behaviour and attitudes. It's filled with great exercises and quizzes that make you feel more as though you're flicking through your favourite magazine. It's not only young people who can benefit from it either. I've already found myself putting some of the ideas into practice in my everyday life. Everything about this book makes you want to read it and take note - you can even choose your own cover! (Pink for girls, blue for boys!) Next step should be a cover for adults. EVERYONE can learn something from this book!
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76 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bullies, Bigmouths and So-called Friends 30 July 2003
This book is an invaluable resource both for 9 to 18-year-olds and for teachers. Its format of helpful advice, fictional case-histories, self-esteem strategies and useful phone numbers, web-sites and addresses, is written in a really accessible language.
Teenagers will find this strikes a chord for a multitude of commonly-met situations.
Teachers will find it a wealth of assembly content and advice.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As my son says... 12 May 2010
By Emmsy
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I bought this book for my Y7 son who's having a bit of a wobble at his new secondary school. I did wonder whether it might be a bit young for him, but he loved the funny style and the cartoons and he's told me several times how good and helpful the information is. As he went out of the door this morning he said, 'I could read that book all day.' This is the best guide for children on preserving self-esteem that I've come across.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It it the best book ever 19 Mar 2013
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good gift 15 Oct 2009
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Didn't know what to do to help my nephew, so I bought him this. He found it really useful, and it helped him know he wasn't the only one who felt like that. We'd recommend it to others.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have 12 Sep 2007
This is an excellent book. I bought it to work with 10-15 yr olds but would happily lend it to my adult friends. It was an easy read but had strong simple principles expressed in a fun memorable way that addressed unhelpful thinking, self esteem, taking responsibility for your own actions and managing anger amongst other issues. It is intended for kids to read by themselves but is adaptable for discussion in one to one sessions. Get a copy.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
By suki
As mentioned by someone else, this book should be a must in schools. My daughter (who's 10) is really struggling in school and as with most parents I gave futile advice (like ignore it), and it didn't help mainly because I felt pretty powerless myself because I didn't have the answers), and the school did a bit but not enough. So I ordered this book. I cannot thank the author enough for her wise words!! This book gives answers beyond "hit them back" or "ignore them", which seems to be the standard answer depending which camp you're in, In a language that's easy for children to understand. Jenny Alexander's book is very clever, funny, and really is written for children but I couldn't put it down myself! Amongst the explanations of what happens during bullying or teasing, It gives good examples of typical situations and looks at how to handle these problems in a way that doesn't put even more pressure on an already mountainous problem. There are some fantastic exercises that help children (and adults) see how they view themselves and others around them. I can't recommend this book enough. My daughter read a third of it in one evening, and has insisted on taking it to guided reading. "It's like the book is reading my mind." is what my daughter has said so far about it. I think it is going to really help her look at hostile situations in a different way and also look at herself in a far more positive light. I have a queue of parents (and the head) who want to borrow this book! If you have a child who is being teased or bullied or simply struggles to know what to say when somebody says something mean to him/her, this book is definately for them (and you!).
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Great starting point for future conversations.
Published 25 days ago by FarO
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book for 8 to 13 year olds. Recommended
Published 1 month ago by LizzySueC
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful
Looks very useful as a teacher, to be able to use with my class to discuss these issues.
Published 1 month ago by AH
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given to far children but have had no feed back.
Published 1 month ago by Robert McKenzie
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Useful book, to help children. Well written.
Published 1 month ago by ELIZABETH DEACON
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good for my 8 year old
Published 1 month ago by Sundeep Patel
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought this book was quite a good little book but I am 61 and I...
I thought this book was quite a good little book but I am 61 and I bought it for a 10 year old child who is being bullied, he hasn't said what he thinks of it
Published 2 months ago by mallybabs
5.0 out of 5 stars bullies
this is a very nice easy to read little book very easy to under stand and it is full of good advice
Published 3 months ago by Janet Bisseker
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful.
With comprehensive school looming for my eldest, I thought this would arm her.... I think it will.
It is designed to protect your child's sense of self. Read more
Published 4 months ago by sarah hatton
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven sent!
I thought to myself "Wouldnt it be good if there was a book written for children that I could give to my son to give him coping mechanisms for dealing with the stress of... Read more
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