Though the topic of bullying is a serious one, the upbeat text and fresh black-and-white illustrations add humour and lighten the tone of the book. How To Tame a Bully ties into Canadian curriculum (social studies, science, and health and life strands), and teaches children essential social skills.
How will Lauren cope with the new girl in her class who is bullying her? In this easy-to-read early chapter book, Lauren is thrilled to begin Grade 3 in her favourite teacher's class, and with her best friend. But also in the class is Bethany, a newcomer to the school - and a bully. As Lauren is subjected to a series of lunchtime and classroom challenges, she learns how to deal with her nemesis. Kids will relate to the familiar situations depicted in the story — being at a new school, making new friends, collaborating on a school project, and bullying.