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Leave Me Alone

A tale of what happens when you face up to a bully

By Kes Gray
Illustrated by Lee Wildish

  • Paperback
  • £6.99

The story of a troubled little boy who faces up to his bully - and wins. From the author of the bestselling Oi! series Kes Gray and acclaimed illustrator Lee Wildish.

From the bestselling team behind Mum and Dad Glue comes an important story to help raise awareness at home or at school about stopping bullying.

A little boy is feeling sad because every day he has to face a bully. But this story's little boy also has friends. A frog, a cat, a rabbit, a cow, and other animal friends insist on helping him, even after he tells them: "There's nothing you can do for me/ There's nothing you can say." Fortunately, he is mistaken, because the next time the bully approaches, they all join with him and shout, "LEAVE HIM ALONE!" And it works! The bully turns around and goes away.

The gently clever use of rhyming verse gives a difficult subject a wonderfully light touch. A must-have for any child who has to deal with bullies.

'An empowering story.' - Books for Keeps

Biographical Notes

Kes is a bestselling, multi award-winning author of more than 70 books for children. He eats Ideaflakes for breakfast, spreads silliness on his toast and lives in a place called Different.

Oi Frog!, Oi Dog! and Oi Cat! are a top ten bestselling series. Oi Dog! won the 2017 Laugh Out Loud Picture Book Award and was shortlisted for the Sainsbury's Children's Book Award and the British Book Awards in 2016, amongst others. It also won the Teach Primary New Children's Fiction Award, MadeForMums Award, Bishop's Stortford Picture Book Award and Portsmouth Picture Book Award. Oi Cat! was the Independent Booksellers Children's Book of the Season and Oi Goat! was the number one bestselling World Book Day book in 2018.

Lee Wildish is an acclaimed illustrator. His Spooky, Spooky House won the Overall Red House Children's Book Award, his Spaghetti with the Yeti was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Book Prize, and he has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award and the Sheffield Children's Book Award.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9781444900156
  • Publication date: 07 Jun 2012
  • Page count: 32
  • Imprint: Hodder Children's Books
Speaks loudly to the reader ... Lee Wildish's expressive illustrations and clever use of shading reinforces Kes Gray's ... emotionally engaging text ... a valuable story for creating the space with children to talk about what, if anything, is troubling them — Carousel
Strikingly original pictures which convey ... feelings and invite interpretive chat, a very useful and terrific book — School Librarian
A difficult subject told with a gentle touch — School Librarian
The message is given with such a humorous lightness of touch that it comes over as an engaging story. The illustrations ... are a super match for the text — Books For Keeps
An empowering story — Books for Keeps
A powerful and comforting book — Junior
Emotionally charged illustrations match a text that conveys a serious message with humour and sensitivity. — The Bookseller

Praise for Mum and Dad Glue:
"An incredibly powerful book about a boy coming to terms with his parents' divorce: a difficult subject treated with a wonderfully light touch. I'm a huge Lee Wildish fan and think he's definitely a name to watch for the future. I defy you to read this without a lump in your throat."

— Kate Skipper, Waterstones Buyer
Lee Wildish's illustrations are lovely. The characters have a rough charm that really draws you in - there are hints of Quentin Blake's ink drawings, but Wildish's style is very much of its own. — Bookbag
A touching tale that resonates with empathy and poignancy. — Junior
A powerful and comforting book about caring for your friends and not tolerating bullying. — Junior
An empowering story. — Books For Keeps
The message is given with such a humorous lightness of touch that it comes over as an engaging story. The illustrations, full of funny but sensitive and understanding animals, are a super match for the text. — Books For Keeps
Speaks loudly to readers about the need to share big problems to help overcome them. Expressive illustrations and clever use of shading help reinforce Kes Gray's simple, but emotionally engaging text. A valuable story. — Carousel
The simple words are accompanied by strikingly original pictures which convey images of feelings and invite interpretative chat, a very useful and terrific book. — School Librarian
A powerful little book with a super strong positive message! Handles overcoming a bully wonderfully. — Fiction Fascination
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