Zippy’s Club by Candida Sullivan {Review}

Zippy's Club by Candida Sullivan {Review} - jenniferajanes.com

Disclosure: I received a free copy of Zippy’s Club from Side Door Communications in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

Zippy’s Club by Candida Sullivan

Zippy’s Club was written by Candida Sullivan, who was born with a rare condition called Amniotic Band Syndrome. She knows what it’s like to be different, and she’s thankful that she’s alive. Candida created Zippy, the zebra with no stripes, to communicate to children that being different is not something to be ashamed of!

In Zippy’s Club, Zippy confronts the bullies who are tormenting some of his friends. Zippy has a great plan for confronting bullying and for standards of behavior everyone should follow, but no one wants to listen at first. When the bullying goes too far and a near-tragic accident occurs, the animals realize how important Zippy’s message is.

While my children (ages 9 and almost 11) felt like the book was too childish for them, the message is too important for us to pass it by. And, after I started reading it to them, my 9-year-old got sucked in and ended up right next to me, looking at the pictures. Both of them also grabbed it immediately and read it together when it first arrived in my mailbox. ;)

Reading Zippy's Club the day it arrived - jenniferajanes.com

In addition to the story, the book includes a section to guide adults into conversations with kids about bullying, and there’s also a letter from the author, sharing her story.

The message in Zippy’s Club is one that we need to share with all kids. Bullying is not okay, and it can have tragic consequences. It’s time we take it seriously and do what we can to stop it.

FYI: Zippy’s message is faith-based. :)

Zippy’s Club Giveaway

Side Door Communications and Candida Sullivan are giving away an autographed copy of Zippy’s Club to one of you! The giveaway is open to a resident of the United States or Canada who is age 18 or older. The giveaway will end on Monday, May 25, 2014, at 9:00 pm CDT. The winner will be chosen at random by the plug-in And the Winner Is. Only one entry (comment) per household. Duplicate comments or comments left after the giveaway ends will be deleted. The winner will be notified by email within 24 hours of the end of the giveaway and will have 24 hours to email me the requested information before I choose another winner.

To enter, please leave a comment giving your best advice to a child who is being bullied—or is bullying someone else.

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4 Responses to Zippy’s Club by Candida Sullivan {Review}

  1. I struggle with how to advise my own kids :( Generally, I keep reminding them of how loved they are, regardless of what any “mean people” say. I tell them to walk away from a bad situation if at all possible, but to stand up for themselves if walking away is not an option. It’s a tough thing.

  2. Jessica Medina says:

    I would recommend the child to speak to an adult immediately.

  3. Tabatha F. says:

    It’s a difficult & delicate thing to have to deal with, on both sides! My son has Asperger’s and while he looks like any other kid his age, he’s not. I have to remind him that if somebody is being mean to him to go away from them & if it’s serious to let me or some other adult know. Sometimes I have the chance to talk to the one who is bullying and, depending on the age, I usually try to explain to the bully the why’s of what they’re doing or saying is wrong. Doesn’t always work though, sadly!

  4. Angie says:

    My biggest advice is to tell an adult immediately. If it continues, tell the grown ups continuously until it is resolved.

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