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list price: $19.95
edition:Hardcover
category: Children's Fiction
published: Mar 2018
ISBN:9781771471657
publisher: Owlkids Books Inc.

What Happens Next

by Susan Hughes, illustrated by Carey Sookocheff

tagged: bullying, emotions & feelings, self-esteem & self-reliance, friendship
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.

About the Authors

Susan Hughes

SUSAN HUGHES is the author of over 30 children’s books, and 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

CAREY SOOKOCHEFF is the illustrator of the critically acclaimed Buddy and Earl series and What Happens Next, and the author/illustrator of Solutions for Cold Feet and Other Little Problems and Wet. Her illustrations have appeared in a variety of newspapers and magazines. She lives in Toronto with her husband, two kids, and their dog.
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
4 to 12
Grade:
k to 5
Editorial Reviews

"What Happens Next provides a great opportunity to support children’s social and emotional development. Discussion of topics in the book allows teachers to support their students in learning to identify and respond to bullying, as well as build empathy skills and understand how others feel."

— Toronto District School Board

What Happens Next is the type of picture book that comes along every now and then and stops you in your tracks. I was really impressed with the whole package – the unique telling of the story, as well as the design of the book... A truly multi-levelled story that will resonate with anyone who has been bullied, belittled or felt like an outsider.”

— Tinlids, Inc.

"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

"What Happens Next is about empathy and courage and giving power to children and finding commonalities. The ending is not pat, but, instead, encourages healthy conversation for all ages about dealing with bullies."

— Barrie Summy

"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

"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

"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 simple, straightforward account of the way bullying takes place and an approach that puts the power in the children's hands. I think it will be a popular book and one that will give rise to lots of discussion.”

— Vancouver Kidsbooks

"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

“This book’s perfect, emotionally healthy message is expressed with enough precision that it might help a real child to be brave too; or, it might guide a parent’s successful intervention. I hope so. I’d encourage librarians to give their patrons the opportunity of reading this important book."

— Library Bound Inc.

"What Happens Next is nothing short of a brilliant, must have book for all kids."

— Read. Learn. Repeat.

"The way the story is told makes it really accessible to older kids and younger kids... The ending is true and not neatly 'tied up with a bow'. Like real life."

— The York School

"Immediate and arresting."

— Kirkus

"A powerful reminder to children that even if we seem completely different, we have enormous commonalities that bind us."

— School Library Journal
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