Better Than You

Better Than You

By Trudy Ludwig; Adam Gustavson (Illustrator)

Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9781582463803, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 13, 2011

Jake's bragging is really starting to get to his neighbor Tyler. Tyler can't show Jake a basketball move, a school assignment, or a new toy without Jake saying he can do better. Tyler starts to wonder: Is something wrong with him? Is he really such a loser? Is Jake really better than him at everything? Or is Jake the one with the problem? With the help of his uncle Kevin, Tyler begins to understand that Jake's bragging has nothing to do with Tyler's own abilities and that puffing yourself up leaves little room for friends.

About the Author
Trudy Ludwig travels the country speaking on topics such as teasing, bullying, and mutual respect. Her books have been endorsed by such organizations as The Ophelia Project, Hands and Words Are Not For Hurting Project, and Full Esteem Ahead. Trudy lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.

Adam Gustavson is the award-winning illustrator of over twenty books for children, including "Rock and Roll Highway" by Sebastian Robertson, "Just Kidding" by Trudy Ludwig, "Snow Day"! by Lester L. Laminack, and the Charlie Bumpers series by Bill Harley. Adam holds an MFA from the School of Visual Arts and teaches at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He lives in New Jersey with his family.

Praise For Better Than You

Review, Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2011:
"...anyone suffering the oxygen-depleting windbaggery of the neighborhood boaster will find solace here."