Read Just a Bully by Gina Mayer Mercer Mayer Online


When a big bully starts to pick on Little Sister, Little Critter decides he better stick up for her. The bully then focuses his attention on Little Critter, but with a little help from Little Sister, Little Critter finally learns to stand up to the bully....

Title : Just a Bully
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ISBN : 9780613279215
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 24 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Just a Bully Reviews

  • midnightfaerie
    2019-06-04 17:20

    Another little critters book my 5 yr old loved! He's starting to pick these up whenever we go to the library. This one he read to his younger brothers and even they enjoyed it. Probably only a level 1 reading level, it was still a cute story and worth getting to encourage reading.

  • Lauren Vallee
    2019-05-21 15:34

    @jeff :(

  • April
    2019-05-27 15:20

    I generally like the Little Critter Books, but this is definitely not one of my favorites. My kids like it, but I am not sure I like the message it presents. Not only do Little Critter and his sister solve their problem by fighting the bully, but then they show aggression back towards the bully, in essence becoming bullies themselves. As a teacher, I also am not a fan of how the teacher in the book is portrayed as not doing enough to deal with the issue of the bully. Every time I read it to my kids, I take the time to discuss with them the better choices that Little Critter and his sister could have made to better deal with the situation.

  • Cassie
    2019-06-06 09:32

    I do not care for this book. The part I have trouble with is when Little Critter beats the bully up and then the little sister shoves the bully. I just don't think that I want my five year old to think it's ok to hit people-even when they are mean to him. As we were reading it we talked about what kind of choices Little Critter could make instead of hitting the bully. Most of the Little Critter books are so good. I was surprised that this one was so contrary to what I would teach my children.We've actually had this book for awhile but it recently resurfaced. I think I'll make sure it doesn't resurface again. It's Curtains for Critter!

  • Pam
    2019-05-26 11:19

    This book made me a little uncomfortable. Not sure violence is the way to handle a bully...

  • Amanda
    2019-06-16 16:05

    I usually love the critter books but am not sure about this one. Ari likes it but the message is that beating people up is awesome if they are a bully and I am not really okay with that.

  • Sarah
    2019-06-12 13:12

    Maybe it is an old fashioned message, but LC sticks up for himself against a bully who was picking on his little sister, and then the bully leaves him alone. I love the camaraderie of the siblings in this story!~

  • Josiah
    2019-06-09 16:26

    In one of Mercer Mayer's more socially confrontational picture books, we see Little Critter and his sister react under fire to the frequent admonition of their parents that they should "always stick up for each other." When a bully of her very own latches onto Little Sister at school, Little Critter stands up to the mean young gator, only to have this approach backfire as the bully forgets about Little Sister and shifts focus to harassing Little Critter every moment of the school day. If the bully refuses to let up, can Little Critter ever feel secure at school again?The bully is a lot bigger than Little Sister, and Little Critter knows from the start that it's no fair fight. But the antagonistic gator is also too big for Little Critter, so there's not much he can do to stop him when the bully makes him his new target. The bully shoots rubber bands at him, trips him in the hallway, calls him bad names, and wrecks a school project Little Critter worked hard to complete. Informing the teacher of the bullying only worsens the situation. Now Little Critter fears returning to school, and when he does, his scaly-skinned bully is waiting to start a scuffle with him. There may be no recourse for Little Critter but to raise his small fists and try to mount a passable physical defense of himself, but that's not likely to work out well for anyone. The bully may never change his mind and attitude about pushing around those littler than himself, but pushback from an unexpected source could at least level the playing field, if it's a source to which the bully has no effective answer. Bullies can be ruthless and crush one's spirit; they can force their victim underground so he or she doesn't ever safe resurfacing, but the proper support can keep a bully at bay and remind the harangued that all can still be good after the trauma. Rainclouds move on and the sky sparkles cerulean again, and we might almost forget we ever were bullied. Like Little Critter, revel in your surprise reinforcements when they come, keep looking up, and this too shall pass. The subtext of Just a Bully's illustrations is worth a mention, though not every reader will catch it. For most Little Critter stories, there's a mouse hidden (or not-so-hidden) in every picture, but in Just a Bully the mouse plays a sidebar role in the narrative. The mouse has its own mouse bully to contend with, one who mimics the gator bully's tactics against Little Critter to push around the mouse, whose reactions to the intimidation mirror Little Critter's. It's a relief to see Little Critter and the mouse both get out from under their bullies' thumbs by the end of the book. Their intertwining stories are a great touch, and I consider Just a Bully one of Mercer Mayer's better books. I would give it two and a half stars, and considered going higher. I sincerely recommend this to readers of any age.

  • Slayermel
    2019-06-16 17:18

    This is another book that the children at work want read over and over again. They are fascinated with the bully and why he's bothering the little critter. The children can't wait to get to the part where the bully calls the little critter "Fathead", it's like they can't believe he just said that.I really like how it goes through the stages of bullying though. Starting with the little critter sticking up for his sister, then himself becoming the target. Having things said to and thrown at him by the bully, telling the teacher and the bullying getting worse, until it ends up in a fight. I think some children can really relate to this, especially some of my older Kindergarten aged children.

  • Greta
    2019-06-11 12:10

    I have mixed feelings about this book. Sometimes I wish the natural consequences would be allowed to occur to deal with bullies, but society doesn't let that happen anymore. That is the way Mercer Mayer allows the problem to be solved. As I read this book to my kindergartner, I wondered what lessons she was gleaning as to how to solve bully problems and I wasn't so comfortable letting her think she could be mean back. So, it's a toss-up for me as to how I received this book. I guess I'll just mark it in the middle at 3.

  • Kaitlyn Powell
    2019-06-05 17:22

    I think that all of the The Little Critter books would be great to have in a classroom and this one being no exception. There is some controversy with this book because at the end, they end up fighting the bully and you don't want kids thinking that it's okay to fight violence with violence. I think the best way to go about that is to read this book to the kids before letting them read it on their own. Then having a discussion with them about the proper way to handle a situation like that, because all of them are going to come into something like that at some point.

  • Gina Erb
    2019-06-14 10:18

    Since the age of 3-4 I, personally have always been a big fan when it comes to the Little Critter book series. Just a Bully is a personal favorite. The book starts out with the little critter sticking up for his sister who was being bullied by another kid at school. Only that lead to the two of them (the brother and bully) getting into a fight. In the end the little sister ended up standing up to bully for her big brother. The illustrations within the book are awesome. It gives young readers a great life lesson about bullying and how to stand up for themselves.

  • Amanda
    2019-06-10 15:30

    I chose to read this book because I know that bullying is still a big problem in today's school systems. This book is written very well. The only downside I see from this problem/solution book is the solution. Although everything is very realistic, I don't agree with the way the problem was solved with the way the little sister pushes the bully and yells at him to stop. Even though this did seem to work, becoming the bully yourself is never the answer.

  • Jen Chinn
    2019-06-20 10:21

    In Just A Bully, Little Critter and his sister must stand up to a big bully. At first, Little Critter is only defending his sister, but when the bully begins to torment Little Critter, the two siblings team up to stand up to the bully's mean tactics. This book teaches students to stand up for others who cannot always stand up for themselves.

  • Maddie Smith
    2019-05-30 12:13

    Again, my favorite series. This one is great because it talks about standing up for the people you love. What I love about this series is that it talks about real life situations that occur in the life of a child and how to handle them. The age group for this book is early elementary.

  • Rob
    2019-05-26 12:19

    As a therapist I have to say I am very disappointed in this book. I usually love to read Mayer's books to my children, but this one needs to go in the trash. This book teaches children to solve their problems with violence. Not a good message.

  • Amber
    2019-06-11 09:27

    As a teacher and how bullying is such an issue these days, this is not a book about bullies I would bring into the classroom. In the end the bully is now being bullied and we don't want to resort to violence in any way.

  • Trin.Jen.Anna
    2019-06-05 09:32

    It is mean to Bully in real life. - TrinityBullying is never nice, but violence isnt ether, not sure they should have left it at the kids yelling and pushing the Bully, because now they seem like a Bully too.... - Jeni

  • Natalie
    2019-06-20 13:14

    I did not like this book. Little Critter physically fights back to deal with a bully. Both boys are hurt; neither one receives any consequences. I wouldn't encourage this particular Mercer Mayer book.

  • Paige Kirkland
    2019-05-26 10:13

    I think its soo cute and lukes relationship with her is so up and down I love it. That's the cute part to me. Because in the end of the day kind of they work things out in interesting ways to me. I like all of the other characters as well.

  • Natania
    2019-06-16 09:15

    How to open the book to read

  • Hannah Thill
    2019-05-23 16:29

    This book is awful. It encourages violence.

  • Wendy
    2019-06-06 14:10

    Another story by mercer just sends the wrong message that it is okay to hit back

  • Andd Becker
    2019-06-02 09:21

    Little sister comes to the rescue in this book by Gina and Mercer Mayer.

  • Theresa
    2019-05-25 13:10

    learning how to handle a difficult situation

  • The Book Junkie Reads . . .
    2019-06-05 15:19

    Another 'Little Critter's book that is loved by my little group of critter. They love them and want them read each time we go to the library.

  • Hugh
    2019-06-17 15:24

    It's so funny when his little sister calls the bully a fat head!

  • Madison
    2019-05-23 09:19

    Book that could be a read to children about bullying but I don't think I would read it in a classroom. It does not show a good way to handle a problem.

  • Rosa Cline
    2019-05-29 15:24

    In this one the children learn to stick up for one another. When the school bully is bullying sister brother kicks in and tells him to stop. He then learns how to handle him the best.

  • Lauren
    2019-06-09 14:30

    This book is great for children especially when they learn to start reading. It teaches great morals and ideals for everyone to have and great general life lessons.