Leave Me Alone

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Leave Me Alone

A Tale of What Happens When You Stand Up to a Bully

By Kes Gray; Lee Wildish (Illustrator)

Barron's Educational Series, Paperback, 9780764147364, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2011

In this sensitively told story, a little boy is feeling sad because every day he has to face a bully. But the 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. Author Kes Gray's gently clever use of rhyming verse gives a difficult subject a wonderfully light touch. Large color illustrations on every page capture the spirit of a story that will have special meaning for many little boys and girls.

About the Author
Kes Gray is a Children's Book Award winner, and author of more than 40 books for children, including "Leave Me Alone: A Tale of What Happens When You Stand Up to a Bully", also available from Barron's.

Lee Wildish became interested in illustration and art at a very young age. As soon as he graduated from the University of Nottingham he started working as a graphic designer for an advertising agency, learning the ins and outs of graphics and corporate literature. Several years later he ventured into greeting cards, where he produced illustrations and design concepts from inception through completion. Lee now loves to illustrate children's books and adds humor to his work whenever possible. He believes that there s nothing more warming than seeing people enjoying a published book that he has illustrated. Lee now lives in Nottingham, England.