Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Review: Pickles and the P-Flock Bullies

*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review for myself.  I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.

When I was a kid, I read books. A lot of books. All types of books. But there was one series of books that I loved above all others and read over and over.  The wonderful Serendipity books, written by Stephen Cosgrove and illustrated by Robin James.  When I got older, I passed them on to a family friend who also cherished them and then unexpectedly sent them back to me last year for me to share with my own kids. The same books that I loved several decades ago now have a place of pride on my kids' bookshelf.  So when I received a new book in the mail from the same people who brought the Serendipity books into my life, I was thrilled to read it with Ethan and Vivian.  This new book is called Pickles and the P-Flock Bullies.  Here's a bit about it, from the publisher's website:

This story about bullying is from the author and illustrator duo of the best-selling Serendipity books. Pickles, a young Orca whale, is born with green patches instead of white. Her only friend is a harbor seal named Stitches. When the P Flock, a nasty group of seagulls, starts to pick on Stitches, Pickles discovers how deep and hurtful bullying can be. Bullying is a high-profile national topic, and this beautifully illustrated and engaging book will help parents, grandparents, educators, and other adults engage young readers in this discussion.
This is such a lovely little book and covers such an important topic. Bullying is a very real thing in schools, and as my kids get older, I need to prepare them for situations in which they may face bullies or see others bullying someone.  Pickles and the P-Flock Bullies is a really good way to introduce the topic in an easy way.  In addition to having an important message, the book has lovely illustrations.  Vivian can't read yet, but I keep finding her sitting on the couch upstairs pretending to read it to her brother. She thinks that the whale with green spots is about the greatest thing ever!

This is a nice book from one of my favorite pairs of authors/illustrators and would be a lovely addition to any child's home library! It'll be available for purchase in April 2014.