By: Kathryn Apel
Genre: Primary Fiction
Published by: University of Queensland Press
Published: 25th June 2014
ISBN: 9780702253287


She’s big.

She’s smart.

She’s mean.

She’s the bully on the bus.

She picks on me and I don’t like it.

But I don’t know how to make her stop.

The bully on the bus taunts seven-year-old Leroy, then silences him with threats of worse to come. To distract him, his teacher introduces him to the adventures in The Big Bad Book of Fairytales. Hidden throughout are the clues that Leroy needs to overcome the bullying taunts once and for all.


A beautifully handled prose novel exploring bullying.

It looks mainly at the victim, Leroy, and his anxieties at having to face this angst every day.

It also looks at ways of facing this problem and resolving what is a horrible situation.

Ideal for lower to middle primary students who will feel for Leroy’s problem and cheer his positive actions at the end.

Reviewed by Rob.