Pub Date 15 Mar 2018
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The narrator takes these hurt feelings home, where Mom listens and offers some ideas. At school the next day, the child confronts the bully by turning a “weirdo” fascination with science into an opportunity to find common ground, and maybe help the bully see the world in a new way.
Spare illustrations in a limited palette of blues and greens convey feeling alone even in the hustle and bustle of a crowded schoolyard. Graphic novel–style panels set a steady pace for the emotional impact of this important story that doesn’t simplify the realities of feeling like an outsider. It’s a powerful starting point for discussions of emotions, empathy, and how we relate to others.
A Note From the Publisher
– A realistic story that doesn’t simplify the complex social difficulties of childhood
– Narrator could be interpreted as being on the autism spectrum
– Excellent launching point for discussions of bullying and empathy
“What Happens Next is the type of picture book that comes along
every now and then and stops you in your tracks. I was really impressed
with the whole package – the unique telling of the story, as well as
the design of the book... A truly multi-levelled story that will
resonate with anyone who has been bullied, belittled or felt like an
— Maria Martella , Tinlids, Inc.
"What Happens Next provides a great opportunity to support children’s social and emotional development. Discussion of topics in the book allows teachers to support their students in learning to identify and respond to bullying, as well as build empathy skills and understand how others feel."
— Vicky Timmermanis, PhD, School and Clinical Child Psychologist, Toronto District School Board
“A simple, straightforward account of the way bullying takes place and
an approach that puts the power in the children's hands. I think it will
be a popular book and one that will give rise to lots of discussion.”
— Leslie Buffam, Bookseller , Vancouver Kidsbooks
“This book’s perfect, emotionally healthy message is expressed with
enough precision that it might help a real child to be brave too; or, it
might guide a parent’s successful intervention. I hope so. I’d
encourage librarians to give their patrons the opportunity of reading
this important book."
— Helen Wilding Cook, Children's & YA Collection Development Coordinator, Library Bound Inc.
"The way the story is told makes it really accessible to older kids and
younger kids... The ending is true and not neatly 'tied up with a bow'.
Like real life."
— Sara Spencer, Junior School Librarian, The York School
"An innovative question-and-answer dialogue format and the
subtle use of color to convey emotions impart a positive message perfect
for children, teens, and families dealing with bullying who just might
need a new way of looking that is hopeful, heartfelt, and honest."
— Foreword Reviews