A positively focused workbook that provides opportunities for bullied children to process the harassment they endure.

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You Can't Bully Me

A GUIDE FOR KIDS TO WIN CONFIDENCE AND LOSE A BULLY

Experienced elementary school teacher Landes suggests that changing a child’s reaction to bullying may help them turn lemons into lemonade.

In this sequential set of daily exercises for the bullied, the author reassures children that “there are no wrong answers” and “you have the brains, heart, courage and power to make your way; you just need to believe it and believe in yourself.” An introduction for parents, meanwhile, advises them on when to assist and when to step back and emphasizes respect for the “child’s point of view.” The bullied child is “in a fragile state,” Landes warns, and “more outings” or “a new hobby” may help avoid a potential pitfall: “Sitting around having a pity party is the cycle I want to break” she explains. Twelve chapters follow, including “What Do You Think Is Wrong About You?,” “What Do You Think Is Right About You?,” “What Can You Do To Honor Yourself?,” and a brief introduction to meditation. Through stories and occasional bromides (“Time heals all wounds, just give it some time”), Landes guides children with practical advice (such as the importance of personal hygiene), self-reflection (“Can you think of a time when you felt like you weren’t being yourself?”), and a little up-by-one’s-bootstraps tough love (“there’s somebody out there who is better at these things than you are”). The book’s sentiments aren’t earth-shattering, and with its emphasis on building confidence and resiliency, there may also be some discomfort: “People tell me I am special because…,” for example, may result in a disheartening blank from those in extreme situations. However, the underlying message (“You are important and you matter”) is consistent, upbeat, and child-centered.

A positively focused workbook that provides opportunities for bullied children to process the harassment they endure.

Pub Date: March 30, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-5043-2623-0

Page Count: 128

Publisher: BalboaPress

Review Posted Online: Aug. 11, 2015

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A conversational, pleasurable look into McConaughey’s life and thought.

GREENLIGHTS

All right, all right, all right: The affable, laconic actor delivers a combination of memoir and self-help book.

“This is an approach book,” writes McConaughey, adding that it contains “philosophies that can be objectively understood, and if you choose, subjectively adopted, by either changing your reality, or changing how you see it. This is a playbook, based on adventures in my life.” Some of those philosophies come in the form of apothegms: “When you can design your own weather, blow in the breeze”; “Simplify, focus, conserve to liberate.” Others come in the form of sometimes rambling stories that never take the shortest route from point A to point B, as when he recounts a dream-spurred, challenging visit to the Malian musician Ali Farka Touré, who offered a significant lesson in how disagreement can be expressed politely and without rancor. Fans of McConaughey will enjoy his memories—which line up squarely with other accounts in Melissa Maerz’s recent oral history, Alright, Alright, Alright—of his debut in Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused, to which he contributed not just that signature phrase, but also a kind of too-cool-for-school hipness that dissolves a bit upon realizing that he’s an older guy on the prowl for teenage girls. McConaughey’s prep to settle into the role of Wooderson involved inhabiting the mind of a dude who digs cars, rock ’n’ roll, and “chicks,” and he ran with it, reminding readers that the film originally had only three scripted scenes for his character. The lesson: “Do one thing well, then another. Once, then once more.” It’s clear that the author is a thoughtful man, even an intellectual of sorts, though without the earnestness of Ethan Hawke or James Franco. Though some of the sentiments are greeting card–ish, this book is entertaining and full of good lessons.

A conversational, pleasurable look into McConaughey’s life and thought.

Pub Date: Oct. 20, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-593-13913-4

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Crown

Review Posted Online: Oct. 27, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2020

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Gucci demonstrates all the bravado and ferocious self-confidence that he counsels—and the photos are a nice bonus.

THE GUCCI MANE GUIDE TO GREATNESS

A hip-hop star who went on his first international tour wearing an ankle monitor explains how to succeed.

“The words you are about to read can help you,” writes Gucci. “That’s because there is truth in them. These are words of wisdom, like the Bible and its proverbs.” Unquestionably, Gucci likes to aim high, as many of his proverbs attest: “Stop Underestimating Yourself”; “Whatever You’re Thinking, Think Bigger”; “Nobody Cares. Work Harder”; “When They Sleep, I’m Grinding”; “Do More, Get More.” And never forget, “Women Are Brilliant.” Gucci not only shares his recipes for success. As in a cookbook that shows pictures of the end result, the author includes dozens of dazzling photos of himself and his beautiful wife, among them a series on his surprise wedding proposal at an Atlanta Hawks game. After the success of his bestselling debut, The Autobiography of Gucci Mane, Gucci has realized there is money to be made in the book business. In addition to the Bible, he has his eye on Malcolm Gladwell and his reported $5 million advances. While he is “cool with Malcolm Gladwell being more celebrated than me as an author…the difference between Malcolm Gladwell and me is that I’m going to make more money because I’m going to make so many books for my following….You can enjoy this book or not, but I’m going to make my fifty-second book, my hundred and eighth book.” Many readers will hope that one of them will be a diet book, as the 100-plus pounds Gucci has lost and kept off are a frequent topic—alas, he doesn’t reveal his weight loss secrets here. Until the next book, try to live the Gucci Mane way. “Avoid lazy and miserable people,” and “Find something to be excited about every day.”

Gucci demonstrates all the bravado and ferocious self-confidence that he counsels—and the photos are a nice bonus.

Pub Date: Oct. 13, 2020

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 272

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Sept. 10, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 2020

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