The Incredible Shrinking Bully

Rated 4.33/5 based on 12 reviews
Bart used to enjoy school, but that was before Frank the Tank began bullying him. Every time Frank bullies someone, he gets bigger. Will Bart find the courage to stop Frank, before it's too late? More

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Jennifer Hall reviewed on April 20, 2012

I think this book does a great job of broaching the subject of bullying with young kids just like my 6 year old son. It's not at all preachy or boring. The illustrations are simple, but vibrant and attention-grabbing. I would recommend this book.
(reviewed 51 days after purchase)
trista zollars reviewed on April 15, 2012

I loved the pictures! My favorite picture in this book has to be when Frank snot rockets on some kids locker. It is totally gross but so funny! This story is age appropriate and can be used in most grades K-9th. If you wanted to adapt it to use it in higher grades you could, just use different activities to enhance the point of the book.

If I were to use it in a classroom I would read the book, discuss bullying, and finally have them create their own book about a time when they were bullied. People of all ages love to draw, even if they say they do not - trust me. For some students it would be difficult to get their experience out , but telling people about it could mean healing from it. The story follows a child from getting picked on, learning how to start up for himself, and finally standing up to the bully to protect another. A part of the book I was unsure of, it had the main character state if it came down to it he would hit Frank, which would be totally against any bully curriculum I have taught. I would probably have a discussion on if hitting back was the right thing to do or not. Overall it is a cute book that you can use to discuss bullying and how to overcome it. I've included this in various curriculum packets dealing with making friends and standing up for yourself.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
Jennifer juro reviewed on April 8, 2012

This story of Bart was awesome for my 7 year old. She has encountered bullying already due to having to wear glasses and being extremely shy. She loved how the pictures depicted that Frank was getting the smaller the more people who stood up to him.

Bullying is a very large problem in society. This book is a great tool to open the door with our children discussion about how to handle the situation and what to do. The questions at the book were awesome!! My child answered them cause the book asked not mommy!! Highly recommend to any parent!!

*I was given a copy of this book to review but my opinions are my own in this review
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
b00k r3vi3ws reviewed on March 29, 2012

This is the story of Bart, an average boy who used to love school until it was taken over by "Frank the Tank", a bully. Frank, on numerous occasions, had singled Bart out and bullied him in front of his friends. And each time Frank had grown taller while Bart had become shorter. Bart is forced to live in fear of “Frank the Tank” and going to school lost its charm. Then one day, Frank targets one of his friends which angers Bart even more. He decides that he had had enough of Frank’s bullying and stands up to Frank in defence of his friend. And Lo! Behold!! Frank grew smaller while Bart felt taller. Taking strength from Bart’s courage, other kids join ranks with him. Slowly, as they stood up to him, they all felt taller and realized that Frank was no longer like a “tank” but more like a “mouse”.

The best part about this book is that the emotions are depicted in a manner that makes its presence very evident and is also easy for the children to understand. For instance, how Bart feels when Frank first arrives at school and starts to bully him. Or, how scared Bart is when he finally decides to stand up to Frank. Also, the accompanying illustrations are very colourful and attention grabbing.

It has a very valuable lesson to teach to the kids. By being scared of bullies, they actually hand over the power to them. And by standing up to bullies, they actually take that power away leaving the bullies just as helpless. Also, that there’s strength in numbers. At the end of the book there are some points listed that can help start a conversation with the kids and help them understand better.

Genuinely, this is a must read for all the kids – the potential bullies and the potential victims. In fact, I think that even a few grown-ups could do with a read through. After all, it is not just kids who bully and get bullied! [Yes! I am talking about that particular colleague at workplace whose work invariably lands up on your desk!! :) ]
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
Sharon Wood reviewed on March 28, 2012
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I found The Incredible Shrinking Bully to be age appropriate and feel it will be helpful to children. I know that many will giggle at some of the character actions but will also recognize the behaviors as inappropriate. The main character, Bart, provides the reader with a strong role model who offers a solution to a bully problem. I think this book can definitely be a tool to use when talking to your child about bullies.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Melissa Thayer reviewed on March 28, 2012
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This story was really well done. It was very straightforward and honest. There was some rhyming, with character names, but it wasn't constant like it can sometimes be in other children's books. I also really enjoyed the additional questions at the end of the story.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Kadie Arrington reviewed on March 25, 2012

This book was great for my daughter and I to read together. She is in the first grade. They have been talking a lot at school about bullies so this was a great way to start a conversation at home about what they were talking about at school. I like that the book shows how Bart feels about being bullied and how he feels like he is shrinking. We also liked how the kids stood up to the bully together. The questions at the back were perfect for helping start a frank discussion with my children.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
merely mothers reviewed on March 16, 2012

We had the opportunity to write a review for Schmitt our parenting blog.

Schmitt tells the story of Bart, a little boy who used to love school until “Frank the Tank” started bullying him and his friends. Now, Bart lives in fear each day. The worst part is that each time Frank succeeds in his bullying behavior, he actually grows bigger and his victims grow smaller!! This is an allegory to how kids really feel when they are being bullied each day. Her illustrations are cartoonish and slightly humorous, as she shows Frank growing and Bart shrinking. Bart is terrified, living each day in fear, but he doesn’t stand up to the bully. That is, until he sees Frank bullying his friend. This angers Bart so much that he finally stands up to this bully. And what does he find? Once he stands up to Frank, so do all his friends. And the best part is, Frank starts to shrink and Bart and his friends start to grow! The kids find out that there is strength in numbers and that together, they can show Frank that they will not be victimized.

The story ends with some honest discussion questions that will be sure to get kids talking.

One of the things I loved about this story was that Schmitt described how scared Bart was to stand up to Frank. She really captured how kids feel in this situation and made the story relatable. However, the ending, when the kids rallied around Bart to help him, may not be what happens in real life. Often, one child tries to stand up to a bully, but no one else is brave enough to take a stand.

This story is an excellent stepping stone for teachers and parents with school age kids who want to educate about what bullying behavior is, how it feels to be bullied, and what a group of kids can do to stop it. Schmitt is especially good at writing about emotions in a way that young children will understand, so this the story creates a great platform to talk about how it feels to be left out, insulted and scared of another person at school.

Sarahlynne of merelymothers
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Phaedra Seabolt reviewed on March 16, 2012

Children have so much to deal with in school that a bully should not be one of them. I hate the idea that there are bully's in school, but everyone has to learn to how to be who they really are. I think that everyone gets bullied at some point in their life and most people even act as the bully at some point. You may not even realize that it has happened until after it is over. This story gives you a way to talk to your children about how bullying occurs and how you can handle it.

Bullying makes you feel small, insignificant, and helpless. If you think of it in the other direction (which most kids don't), that means the bully feels bigger, important, and powerful. Bart is able to put this feeling into words and pictures to demonstrate to the reader what happens to both parties involved in bullying. Bart learns that he must take a stand against Frank and if he does it when everyone else is watching, they just may stand behind him. No one likes being in Bart's position, but if someone has the courage to stand up for what is right, others tend to follow. I loved the story and the simple art. The end of the book even provides you with questions you can talk to your kids about and help the mto identify if bullying occurs in their life and how to deal with it. Empower your kids! Teach them to be strong.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
brandy oliver reviewed on March 7, 2012

We love this book, it is probably one of the best books about bullies/school/standing up for yourself, types of books that we have read yet!!
My children's ages are 1,5 8 and 19, and my 8 year old has had his fair share of bullies already.
He participates in a club at his school about bullying and he is so thrilled to copy this book and read it to his class.
The author wrote this is such a genuine way, with lots of creative ideas that I haven't seen before. Making the bully "grow" and the children he picked on, "shrink", and the cute comment about the fact that Frank, (the bully), must have just learned to rhyme, lol, since he is rhyming everybody with words to make fun of them.
The lesson of courage is excellent! I hope this gives small kids across the world, hopes to do what Bart did, and stand up for themselves!
Mona has won our hearts over here at the Oliver household, again! She has such brilliant characters, and a unique way of writing about them. We are delighted to be given a chance to read these books and we are excited about the next Chick-E book as well!!
We recommend this story to ANY child, of any AGE!
**We were given a chance to review this book for our blogs**
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
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