“Ty the Bull” by Brenda Perlin, K.D. Emerson, and Rex Baughman (who also illustrated) is a wonderful and inspirational children’s book that will touch the hearts of not only children, but adults as well.
My children are older and I normally do not read children’s books, but the name of the book really caught my attention. I loved everything about the story and it took me back to my own childhood. Not that I was bullied, but I was a child of divorce and I remember the feelings that children have going through that. Ty also finds himself in some situational misunderstandings, and I completely remember being a kid and trying to do what I thought was the right thing, only to have it backfire.
Not only was Ty believable, but the story was so realistic that I think any kid can relate to it. I just wanted to hug Ty and help him. I loved that the story was told from Ty’s point of view. It really brought the story to life. I have read Ms Perlin’s adult fiction books, and though this was a different genre for her, the work that she and the other authors did on it was phenomenal. It feels like it was written by lifelong children’s authors.
The book is a short read and perfect for children and parents to read together, or for adults to read for inspiration. Anyone at any age can be bullied, and I highly recommend this book for all ages, bullied or not, so they can better understand the plight of those who endure such hate.