What Happens Next

Susan Hughes (Author) Carey Sookocheff (Illustrator)
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Description

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 Details

Price
$17.95  $16.51
Publisher
Owlkids
Publish Date
March 15, 2018
Pages
40
Dimensions
8.5 X 0.5 X 11.0 inches | 1.05 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781771471657
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About the Author

SUSAN HUGHES is the author of over 30 children's books, including Up! How Families Around the World Carry their Little Ones, Off to Class, and Making Canada Home. She is a freelance editor and story coach. She lives with her family in Toronto, Ontario. Find out more about Susan and her books at www.susanhughes.ca.
Carey Sookocheff is the author and illustrator of Solutions for Cold Feet and Other Little Problems and Wet. She is also the illustrator of the Buddy and Earl series. She lives in Toronto with her family and her dog, Rosie.

Reviews

"This title is not a cure-all, but it offers a starting point for an important talk in either a family or a classroom setting."--Booklist
"An innovative question-and-answer dialogue format and the subtle use of color to convey emotions impart a positive message perfect for children, teens, and families dealing with bullying who just might need a new way of looking that is hopeful, heartfelt, and honest."--Foreword Reviews
"What Happens Next is a powerful book and can be used to help young readers discuss their own hard-to-talk-about situations."--Quill & Quire
"What Happens Next is nothing short of a brilliant, must have book for all kids."--Read. Learn. Repeat.
"Hughes's suggestion that reaching out to bullies can be more effective than standing up to them is a brave and big-hearted one."--Publishers Weekly
"A powerful reminder to children that even if we seem completely different, we have enormous commonalities that bind us."--School Library Journal
"It's a powerful starting point for discussions of emotions, empathy, and how we relate to others. An impressively exceptional picture book for young children."--The Midwest Book Review