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Children's Fiction Bullying

Eddie Longpants /hc

by (author) Mireille Levert

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Jul 2005
Bullying, Emotions & Feelings, Values & Virtues
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jul 2005
    List Price

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Out of print

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 6
  • Grade: p to 1
  • Reading age: 3 to 6


Eddie Longpants is big. Really big. He has long legs and huge feet and gangly arms that dangle down from his shoulders and bump into everything. Every day at school, his classmates find new ways to bully him. When things get too painful, he takes refuge under his favorite tree.

But one day the bullying goes too far and the teacher notices. Then Eddie shows his tormentor that there's more than one way to behave. In the end Eddie and his classmates realize that being big isn't so bad after all, especially when you have a big heart.

About the author

Mireille Levert is one of Quebec’s most talented children’s book author-illustrators. Her previous books include Lucy’s Secret, Rose by Night and Tulip and Lupin Forever, and she has won Governor General’s awards for Island in the Soup and Sleep Tight, Mrs. Ming. Mireille lives in Montreal where she works as an illustrator.

Mireille Levert's profile page


  • Commended, CCBC Our Choice
  • Short-listed, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award (CCBC)

Editorial Reviews

[This] gentle, charmingly illustrated book will intrigue children with its unusual design...With its themes of appreciating individual differences, bullying, and forgiveness, Eddie Longpants would be an excellent classroom read aloud to generate discussion of these issues with young audiences and to promote self-esteem. Highly recommended.

Canadian Children's Literature - CBRA

This story explores one of the strategies that help people who are bullied – having a friend. Just one friend can make a difference to the person who is bullied and help that person feel accepted

Teaching By The Book

This comforting resolution to the problem of difference may be just the anodyne fantasy needed by picture-book readers who are beginning to brave the terrors of kindergarten.

Quill & Quire

The medium is as gentle delivered as the message of tolerance for those who are different.

Globe and Mail

A story told with gentle innocence. Eddie Longpants is about appreciating differences and, as such, it stands out in a crowd.

School Library Journal

Librarian Reviews

Eddie Longpants

Everyone at school bullies big Eddie – until he helps a boy in need, and shows his giant heart. A strikingly fresh look at learning to appreciate our differences.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2006.

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