Siggy and the Bullies

Siggy and the Bullies

By Blanche R. Dudley, Ed.D
Illustrated by Lawrence Reynolds
978-145751-994-9, Hardcover, $22.50
978-145751-993-2, Paperback, $11.95
978-145752-196-6, Ebook, $9.99
42 pages, ages 3-9
Full-color illustrated picture book
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Siggy and the Bullies is a fast-paced adventure tale with an important message about bullying. When Siggy, a young mockingbird, is chased by two blue jays, his quick thinking and talent for mimicking other birds help him turn the tables on the bullies and win the admiration of his friends and adopted family. Final pages of the book include discussion questions on bullying and how to respond. The questions and responses found here can be a useful resource for parents and educators.

Praise for Siggy and the Bullies:
“Blanche Dudley brings a fresh perspective to combating bullying with this heartwarming tale of triumph. Siggy may have physical challenges, but he more than rises to the challenge to escape two bullies after a wild chase! This beautifully illustrated story offers readers a powerful message: you don’t have to face bullies alone. It’s okay to tell. Adults can and will help. A must read for younger children and adults alike. Dudley invites us all to join Siggy’s team!”—Laura Thieman, L.C.S.W., Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Red Star“Most children will experience or witness bullying at some point in their lives. This delightful story delivers a very simple, but profound, message to kids. Tell! It’s important that trusted adults know what’s going on! Good training!”—Dr. Anastasia Williams, M.D., Pediatrician
Red Star“Fun story, noteworthy lesson. Plain and simple, kids from kindergarten to high school need to know — and believe — that it’s okay to tell when they or their friends are being bullied. It’s never too early to start that conversation.”—Archie Talley, M.S., Education, Former Professional Athlete, Motivational Speaker on “Self-Esteem” and “Bullying Is a Waste of Time”
Red Star“This brave little bird teaches a simple loving lesson every child needs to know. It’s perfect for our multicultural daycare where we teach kids that their differences make them all everyday heroes, like Siggy.”—Smita Lal, Owner, Dulles Montessori Child Care
Red Star“Bullying is a social problem that crosses all ethnic and economic class boundaries and its negative impact can last throughout the life span. This courageous book offers help to stop bullying in its tracks before it is too late.”—Theodore Fuller, Ph.D.,LMFT, Child Psychologist, Family Development Associates, Inc.
Red Star“Dudley emphasizes the story’s moral in a brief discussion guide that follows the main text, offering questions and advice for children. Debut illustrator Reynolds’ snappy, comic-book style illustrations will likely draw in reluctant readers…it’s refreshing to read a children’s book in which single-parent families, adopted children and disabilities are portrayed as normal and unremarkable, and the resources at the end of the book may help spark frank conversations about the issues Dudley raises.”—Kirkus Reviews

Watch this video of author Blanche Dudley talking about the book:

About the Author
Blanche R. Dudley, Ed.D. is a former educator and 1985 West Virginia Teacher of the Year. She earned a doctorate in education at West Virginia University and wrote her dissertation on enhancing the self-esteem of middle school children. She spends her free time birdwatching in her backyard where she finds inspiration for her picture book characters. Dr. Dudley lives in Reston, Virginia with her husband, W. J. Dudley.

About the Illustrator
Illustrator Lawrence Reynolds[/caption]Lawrence began his career as an art director working on numerous national accounts doing print and television work. In 2008, he was invited to work on a trading card set for Iron Man 2. Since then, Lawrence has turned out work for many pop culture brands, including Star Wars, Marvel, and DC Comics. He recently branched out into children’s book illustration and concept design. Lawrence resides in Dallas, Texas. Visit him at