Just Kidding

by Trudy Ludwig and Adam Gustavson

D.J. is sick and tired of his classmate Vince teasing him. But every time he gets... read more

D.J. is sick and tired of his classmate Vince teasing him. But every time he gets mad, Vince brushes him off. “I was just kidding!” he tells D.J., as if that makes his hurtful comments alright. It’s not alright, and it’s certainly not funny, but D.J. isn’t sure how to handle Vince’s verbal bullying. With the help of his dad and a school counselor, a frustrated, angry D.J. gets some advice on how to respond in Trudy Ludwig’s pointed story that will resonate for many children, whether they identify with D.J., Vince, or both. Questions to spark discussion are provided. (Ages 5–8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2007

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