This title is suitable for ages 5 to 9 years. This story relates the painful and embarrassing aftermath of name-calling and bullying from the perspective of the bully. J J Jax has been tormenting an overweight boy named Patrick, calling him Pig-Pen and Porky, to the point that Patrick is now afraid to go to school. Learning of his son's behaviour, J J's father lectures him to stop bullying Patrick. When that approach fails, Mr Jax tries another tack and shares an experience he had as a youthful bully and the consequences he recently faced as a result of his actions. Touched by his father's words, J J reaches out to Patrick in a school arm-wrestling contest and experiences the 'alley oops' moment of empowerment and self-esteem that comes from doing the right thing. Snappy dialogue highlights the harmful, lasting effects of bullying and the importance of finding common ground toward conflict resolution. Believable contemporary illustrations bring the story to life with expressive body language.
About the Author
Janice Levy teaches writing at Hofstra University. She lives in Merrick, New York.
"Alley Oops is about a boy called JJ who is asked by his dad to make friends with the new boy at school Patrick Montgomery. JJ doesn't want to as Patrick is really fat and sweats a lot! After talking it turns out that JJ and Patrick like to play pranks and have both got into trouble at school for throwing pizza. Patrick tells JJ that his uncle Muscles Max is an arm wrestler and that he takes Patrick to the matches, Patrick has his own arm wrestling move called the Alley Oops and JJ becomes his manager and calls patrick Hammer Hand Man and they both end up being really good friends. I like this book as it shows that everyone doesn't have to look or be the same to be good friends. The pictures made this book really fun to read." - Book reviewed by Kaya (Age 10) on whatsgoodtodo.com November 2011 "...uses quick, sharp dialogue that will have you flipping pages like crazy... life-like illustrations bring the story to life..." -- Suite101.com. "...completely new take... gratifying, realistic solution..." -- Blether.com. An Accelerated Reader book Storytelling World Award Honor Title International Reading Association has cited Alley Oops as a source for their title, Bright Beginnings for Boys: Engaging Young Boys in Active Literacy "A valuable lesson about name-calling and hurting people's feelings." -- Children's Literature "A 'must have' for classroom teachers, counselors, or school libraries." --National Center for Youth Issues (NCYI) "Powerful message without being goody-goody." --New York State Reading Association Storytelling World Award Honor Title "An entertaining book with a compassionate message." -- Long Island Parenting magazine "A little gem ... [that] will empower your children to wrestle with big choices and take a look at their own actions and reactions." --AcademicPlanet.com
For Ages: 5 - 9 years old
For Grades: K - 4
Published: 1st May 2005
Publisher: Flashlight Press
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 27.9 x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.38