What in the World Is Wrong with Gisbert? by Jochen Weeber is a children’s book appropriate for younger children to be a springboard for discussing bullying. The writing is crystal clear that words hurt Gisbert the Giraffe, who begins to shrink when his friends make negative comments about his looks and actions. Gisbert stays home from school to avoid his hurt feelings. One of the friends from school drops a note for him at his doorstep that he is missed at school, and only then is a discussion started with his parents. This is key, that parents and teachers should stress, that talking with adults is important to help them problem solve the problems.
Illustrations that support the text and are very pleasing and kid friendly make this book perfect for every elementary school teacher to include in their classroom libraries. More books on this topic should be read over and over, so that young children can be given the tools to combat bullying.
I received an e-arc from NetGalley via Flyaway Books in exchange for an honest review.