What Happens Next (bullying)

Author(s): Susan Hughes; Carey Sokocheff (Illustrator)

Picture Books

What Happens Next is a raw, realistic story told by an unnamed protagonist who is made to feel different from everybody else--even invisible sometimes. Bullied by a girl at school, our narrator gives a terse script of the related facts (What Her Friends Do: Laugh. What Everyone Else Does: Nothing.) and emotions (How I Feel Sometimes: Bad. Really Bad.).


 


The narrator takes these hurt feelings home, where Mom listens and offers some ideas. At school the next day, the child confronts the bully by turning a "weirdo" fascination with science into an opportunity to find common ground, and maybe help the bully see the world in a new way.


 


Spare illustrations in a limited palette of blues and greens convey feeling alone even in the hustle and bustle of a crowded schoolyard. Graphic novel-style panels set a steady pace for the emotional impact of this important story that doesn't simplify the realities of feeling like an outsider. It's a powerful starting point for discussions of emotions, empathy, and how we relate to others.


Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9781771471657
  • : Owlkids Books Inc.
  • : Owlkids Books Inc.
  • : March 2018
  • : .438 Inches X 8.25 Inches X 10.75 Inches
  • : September 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Susan Hughes; Carey Sokocheff (Illustrator)
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 813/.54
  • : 40