cover image Ouch Moments: When Words Are Used in Hurtful Ways

Ouch Moments: When Words Are Used in Hurtful Ways

Michael Genhart, illus. by Viviana Garofoli. APA/Magination, $14.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4338-1962-9

Genhart uses the term “ouch moments” as a synonym for microaggressions, as Garofoli pictures a diverse group of children bullying each other with hurtful words and slurs. From the expressions on the victims’ faces, it’s plain how much name-calling can wound, and the phrases themselves (“hurry up lame-o”; “he’s so gay”) are incorporated into the images. Genhart clearly articulates how, when bullying occurs, it can be hard to know what to do: “When ouch moments happen, who needs help? Everyone. The kid who is saying mean or ugly things needs help, the kid who is getting hurt needs help, and all of the kids who saw or heard what happened need help.” He encourages readers to avoid responding in kind, practice kindness (both to themselves and others), and talk to adults. It’s a solid resource for conflict mediation in clinical or school settings. Ages 6–8. (Sept.)