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Who's a Big Bully Then? [Paperback]

Michael Morpurgo
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1 Aug 2012
Stunning new package for this bestselling comedy. A boy, a bully and a serious case of mistaken identity from much-loved author Michael Morpurgo. School bully, Darren Bishop, is furious after he is out paced in the school race by that 'little git' - and he can't have that now, can he? So when the 'little git' challenges Darren to a battle of courage, he thinks he can't lose and can't wait to show him who's boss. See who turns out to be the chicken in this satisfying tale. Particularly suitable for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Barrington Stoke (1 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178112132X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781121320
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Multi-award winning author, Michael Morpurgo, is one of Britain's best-loved writers for children and has won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, The Writers Guild Award and the Blue Peter Book Award for his recent novel, Private Peaceful, which has also had two successful runs as a play devised by Bristol Old Vic. From 2003 to 2005 he was the Children's Laureate, a role which took him all over the UK to promote literacy and reading, and in 2005 he was named the Booksellers Association Author of the Year.

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'This book takes an innovative approach to raising the subject of bullying for young people.' Youth in Mind

About the Author

Michael was born in London and worked as a teacher, where he decided he wanted to become a children's author. He was Children's Laureate 2003 - 5 and has won numerous awards, including the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Prize and the Children's Book Award. He has also written Fox Friend and Wartman for Barrington Stoke. He was awarded the OBE for services to Children's Literature in 2006. He lives in Devon.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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A class bully gets beaten by the hero during a running race and he threatens revenge. He corners the boy and wants to fight, but the quick thinking hero suggests a challenge.
They meet up outside a farmer's field and the challenge is to scare the farmer's bull by pretending to be a matador. The boy completes his part of the bargain but the bully is scared and he, and his supporters, run away.
The hero goes home to be told by his father that this was not the bull that he has known for years, but a new and dangerous bull that is on loan. The hero feels sick thinking about it.
This story makes the bully look small and foolish. It also makes the boy think twice about his lucky escape. He realises he had been in real danger and had had a lucky escape.
The twist in the tail is a great ending, and makes the reader think about the moral of the story.
This is a book suitable for Key stage 1 and 2 readers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brain Versus Brawn 20 Sep 2012
By ACB (swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
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A schoolboy is bullied by the very big Darren Bishop both verbally and with intimidatory intent to provoke a fight. The smaller boy is frightened and tries to keep his cool to avoid physical conflict. He wants to beat him at something. After hurling abuse about the boy and his father, he thrashes the bully over the 200 metres at sports day. "I'll get you", said the bully and confronts him at school next day calling him a coward, pushing for a fight. It was then that the boy thought up a clever plan. He challenged the bully to dare enter a field and play at being a matador with a raging, ferocious bull called Olly. The smaller boy knew Olly well. He was really gentle and tame despite his fierce look. He goes into the field first. Olly does his charging at a coat flapping in front of him. Then it is the bully Darren's turn. He was petrified and turned and ran away with his friends. The boy had turned into a smart hero.

He ran home to tell his parents all about it. His father was horrified as the neat twist in the story explains (no spoiler). The hero, however, realises how much danger he had escaped from but had the pleasure of showing the school how lily-livered the bully really was. He had not even shown his face at school the next day.

The moral of the story is that bullying does not necesarily have to be confrontational and that being shrewd and quick-witted can often defuse a showdown. Also, look before you leap and be sure of your facts. This is a super little book that I read with my 7 year old grandaughter who has seen children at school "pushing people and saying nasty things". I had to explain some of the words and we talked about the differences between being playful, naughty and nasty. I have read it with her several times and she now has the book. Hope this well-written and illustrated tale will be useful to her and her friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Morpurgo beauty 11 Oct 2012
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My grandchildren own and have read almost all Michael Morpurgo's books (and so have I at 72!) Another written with Morpurgo's tremendous insight into human frailties and foibles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all school Libs. 11 Jan 2014
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With Michael Morgurgo you know you will be treated to a story with a well balanced moral contained with in it.
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