- Text by Evelyn M. Field, with Sean Doyle
- Reading by Evelyn Field & Kaaren Champion
- Music and sound engineering by Paul Archer
Harry The Bully Blocker can be purchased in paperback, e-book and audiobook versions from Amazon.
Harry is a shy, bullied little dog. In a dream, he meets some friendly animals who teach him useful bully-blocking skills. Mia the meerkat tells him the best ways to respond to bullying; Ollie the owl emphasises eye contact; Gerry the giraffe explains the importance of good posture; and so on.
Harry puts these new skills into practice: they work immediately, and his life is transformed. In learning how to block bullies and make new friends – skills he can use all his life – Harry has shed his fear, and now enjoys being with his peers.
Harry the Bully Blocker is based on Evelyn’s real dog, Harry. This book can empower anyone who feels like a bullied child to learn how to block bullies. It is based on the therapy model Evelyn developed to train psychologists, and on years of teaching bullied children how to manage their basic survival instinct.
It is effective and empowering: even young children understand the concept of keeping their power, or giving it away and making the bully happy.
Harry’s story is written in the form of a poem – in rhyming four-line stanzas – to help children remember the words, which are meaningful and therapeutic. This book is a therapy tool in a nutshell. It includes discussion questions that can be used in class and with a parent or therapist. For further information about evidence-based training for therapists to treat bullied children, please contact Evelyn.
The story is primarily for children, but some adult targets of workplace bullying also wish they had read Harry years ago, when the initial impact of the bullying was so difficult to understand.
The audiobook can be used on its own, but is most effective when accompanied by one of the text editions (print or e-book).
Harry The Bully Blocker can be purchased from Amazon via the following links:
The music in the audiobook is composed and produced by Paul Archer. It is based upon a fusion of Western and Asian musical instruments to reflect Harry’s playful and kind nature, as well as underscore the narrative journey of Harry in this wonderful audiobook. The Ehru, a 2 stringed Chinese instrument proved the perfect voice for Harry, offering an expressive and at times very vulnerable sound. The Harp provides a wonderful sonic bridge between East and West tonalities and also has a beautifully delicate quality, perfect for the score. Other instruments featured include the strings, flute and bassoon as well as the Shakuhachi (China); Gayageum, Jeongak and Janggu (Korea); and a small amount of Taiko drums (Japan) for the finale.
You can listen to a sample of the music here:
Readers love Harry the Bully Blocker:
“I had a moment to read your lovely children’s book. I really like the style and manner in which you created the entire story. I love the way that you give advice. I think the helpful questions are great at the end of each chapter. I feel this is a sweet book that also gives practical and helpful tips along with guidance at the end with the questions organized from each chapter which can be great for discussions in classrooms, therapy offices or other organizations who work with children. Bravo my friend. May this book bring hope and kindness to children who are suffering from bullying. Love some of the rhymes as well! I like the pace of the book and it reads quickly.” – Danielle Matthew, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, The Empowerment Space, USA.
“’Harry the Bully Blocker’ is a delightful book, written by Evelyn Field OAM, based on her own dogs. The book, drawing from Evelyn’s research-based model, helps children learn how to deal with bullying in an effective and constructive manner. With wonderful illustrations, the book can be read alone by children 8 and older or read together with adults. In addition to the lessons embedded in the story, follow-up exercises and notes for additional discussion are included to help stimulate further dialog. ‘Harry the Bully Blocker’ is a wonderful resource for children struggling with bullying and those who want to help.” – Lori Kogan PhD, Professor of Clinical Sciences for the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University, Chair of the Human-Animal Interaction Section of the American Psychological Association.
“In a nutshell, Evelyn Field teaches children the importance of ‘not reacting’ to bullying behaviour. The students I share this approach with find it challenging but effective. ‘Harry the Bully Blocker’ is full of rhyming quips and tips to help children embrace this idea and implement other strategies related to bullying. The ideas presented in the book can be especially useful when read together with an adult. Evelyn has also included a whole section of guiding questions adults can use to engage children and support the book’s teachings.” – Biteena Frazier, School Counsellor, Yew Chung International School of Shanghai, China.
“I am standing on a peak in Nepal looking at the opposite peak where the music is wafting over the valley creating harmony.” – Isobel Morgan
“Harry is a great story with a happy ending. It can teach you how to stand up to bullies when they are being mean to you.”- Eli, aged 9.
“Ruth seemed to engage a lot in the scenarios and was able to ‘block’ and ‘retort’. Mike is a different kind of learner. He acted disengaged and did not want to participate in the scenarios. I think some of it was a bit close to home for him and I know he has been bullied before, even as recently as this week.” – Mother of two.
“I love how this book teaches kids that there is a really easy way to stop bullies. And I really enjoy that it’s not a human and it’s a dog. Harry is very adorable.” – Stephanie, aged 10.
“Dogs are great teachers, in times of fun and sadness. Their comfort is what gets many people out of bed each day. We laugh or cry at their antics. Dogs as therapy helps everyone. [This is] a lovely rhyming book that will be easy to read with children.” – Vivien, Stephanie’s Mother.
“Harry is super cute and would be helpful for primary-school-aged children.” – Judith David, Clinical Psychologist.
“This book uses the art of poetry to cleverly help children understand the experience of bullying, and presents a way forward for children who are either bullying or being bullied.” – David Opat, Child Psychologist and Vice-Principal.
“I have been bullied constantly for the past 10 years plus. Harry would have made it easier for me to understand, as my brain was not functioning at the time. Instead of blaming myself, I realised it was about them. I wish I had read Harry’s story many years ago.” – Workplace Bullying Survivor, aged 60.
“Harry is so relatable, and Evelyn’s ability – through this story – to empower through the real and practical skill of navigating bullying transcends all age limitations.” – Workplace Bullying Survivor, aged 56.
“Jack (aged 12) was bullied in six schools and is going to his seventh school next year following an overdose. He didn’t get help from the school or the psychiatrist. However, while he was reading Harry, his demeanour and expression changed, slowly he began looking positive and empowered. He liked the rhyming and pictures.” – Jewel PO customer.