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Is It Because...?


Tony Ross skillfully presents the problem of bullying, managing to engage sympathy for
each side of the story

A little boy is wondering why he is bullied by his classmate Peregrine Ffrogg. He asks himself various questions: Is it because he misses his mum. Is it because he still sucks his thumb. Is it because he smells like a pike. Is it because he can't ride a bike. And the questions he asks leads him to a greater understanding of himself and the bully. He comes to the conclusion that Peregrine Ffrogg is unhappy, and jealous of him.

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Tony Ross skilfully presents the problem of bullying, managing to engage sympathy for each side of the story.

About the Author

Tony Ross was born in London and trained at the Liverpool School of Art. He has worked as a cartoonist, graphic designer, and art director of an advertising agency. He is now considered to be one of the finest children's illustrators in the country.


"Even the very small will understand." * Guardian * "Thought provoking, perceptive, picture book looking at a bully and his victim." * Primary Times * "Minimal text allied to pictures with maximum impact make this a perfect book for the emerging reader." * The Bookseller * "A clever tale that will allow children to understand what makes a bully." * The Teacher * "A deceptively simple, funny (yet serious) book about bullying and self-esteem... Each page stands as a little gem in its own right." * Child Education *

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