Pepita and the Bully / Pepita y la peleonera


by Ofelia Dumas Lachtman

Illustration by Alex Pardo DeLange

ISBN: 978-1-55885-689-9
Publication Date: May 31, 2011
Pages: 32
Imprint: Piñata Books
Trim Size: 8 ½ x 11
Format: Hardcover
Ages: 4-8

Addresses the timely issue of bullying in schools.

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Pepita is back! And though she likes her new school, she has decided that—after three days—she isn’t going back. She’s sorry too, because she likes her teacher, Miss Chu, who has black eyes and a sunny smile. She likes her bright, colorful classroom. And she especially likes the playground.

But she does not like Babette, a mean-spirited girl who makes fun of Pepita’s name, her braids, and even her dog, Lobo. And so she has decided that she doesn’t want to go back to school. That night at supper, Pepita tells her family about her decision and Babette’s bullying. Her parents encourage her to try again, and advise her to be kind. Her brother tells her not to fight, because bullies like to fight. So against her will, Pepita goes back to school.

Babette immediately starts to attack Pepita with unkind comments. In spite of her best intentions, Pepita simply can’t be nice to someone as nasty as Babette. To Pepita’s surprise, it turns out that Babette knows how to dish out hurtful comments, but she doesn’t like to be on the receiving end!

Ofelia Dumas Lachtman once again pairs with illustrator Alex Pardo DeLange to introduce children ages 4 – 8 to an important subject through the antics of plucky little Pepita. Kids will learn—along with Pepita—how to deal with overbearing kids.


Named to the 2011-2012 Tejas Star Reading List

“The book teaches lessons about getting along with others and what to do if you are bullied. It is a great way to help kids learn about real life situations. The illustrations show the readers exactly what is happening.”—Oneota Reading Journal

“Clearly the best side-by-side children’s book.”—Los Angeles Times on Pepita Talks Twice / Pepita habla dos veces

OFELIA DUMAS LACHTMAN was born in Los Angeles of Mexican-immigrant parents. She is the author of several bilingual picture books, including Big Enough / Bastante grande (Piñata Books, 1998), and six other books in the Pepita series: Pepita on Pepper Street / Pepita en la calle Pepper (Piñata Books, 2008); Pepita Packs Up / Pepita empaca (Piñata Books, 2005); Pepita Finds Out / Lo que Pepita descubre (Piñata Books, 2002); Pepita Takes Time / Pepita, siempre tarde (Piñata Books, 2000); Pepita Thinks Pink / Pepita y el color rosado (Piñata Books, 1998); and Pepita Talks Twice / Pepita habla dos veces (Piñata Books, 1995).

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, ALEX PARDO DELANGE was raised there and in Buenos Aires, Argentina, before coming to the United States, where she graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. She now lives in Jupiter, Florida, with her husband and three children. Pardo DeLange is also the illustrator of The Empanadas that Abuela Made / Las empanadas que hacía la abuela (Piñata Books, 2003); Tina and the Scarecrow Skins / Tina y las pieles de espantapájaros (Piñata Books, 2002); and Sip, Slurp, Soup, Soup / Caldo, caldo, caldo (Piñata Books, 2002).