Leave Me Alone

Kes Gray

Lee Wildish

2013 Long-listed

CILIP Kate Greenaway Children's Book Award

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Hodder Children's Books


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

In the media
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


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