- Book Style: Story for kids
- Reading Level: 2 (Reading With Help due to: mid-range length and some difficult vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 7-10 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Colorful and realistic, yet somehow still a cartoon
- Age Target: 2-10 Years of Age
- Author: Cindy L. Shirley
- Author’s Page: Cindy L. Shirley
- Book Purchase Page: Amazon – $5.99 USD and $12.95 USD – Paperback or on Book Baby
- Social Media Links: N/A
Diesel the Body Guard: No Bullies Allowed is a story about a redhead girl and her protective pet rooster, Diesel. The redhead is named Delilah Dillard; she has trouble with some bullies at her school. As a result, she keeps her pet rooster Diesel around all the time to act as her bodyguard. When a new girl with red hair shows up at school (named Lilly), they become fast friends. When those bullies show up again and start being mean to the two girls, they let Diesel teach the boys a lesson. In the end, everyone ends up as friends and the boys learn a valuable lesson about respecting others!
There is a clear moral message here and it’s one that’s very in tune with today’s issues. The story is telling children that it’s not OK to be a bully and if you are, there are going to be consequences. I think that’s a great message to give youth, especially those with a tendency to be a little too pushy or a little too aggressive with their peers.
I think it is a great story for parents to use as a line of communication to discuss any issues their children may be encountering in school. The book sends a positive message to kids that it is important to stand up for yourself and others when dealing with bullies.
Another thing that struck me in this story are the characters and their names. I think there’s a great set of names here, as they’re all fun and appropriate for the characters. I mean, Delilah Dillard sounds just delightful, while Richard and Jimmy sound like they might be a bit of a problem (not to say every Richard is a problem). Also, you can tell Diesel Dillard is tough as nails just from his name. That rooster’s tough!
Speaking of the characters, I think one of the best things about this book are the illustrations. They’re simply excellent, as the detail in each character is fantastic. I love Delilah’s hair. Her wavy red curls make her stand out, and her freckles fit right in with her personality. What’s more, Diesel is a smart rooster with a wicked side to him. Again, you can tell just from the facial expressions and the way he’s drawn that he’s tough.
The illustrations are also very colorful. There are a lot of greens, as the story is primarily told outdoors but there are a lot of great colors used that supplement the already great characters.
In the end, this is a cute little book created by our author, Cindy L. Shirley. Cindy’s put together a story that I think (sadly) a lot of children and parents can relate to. It’s a story that’s useful for kids who’ve been bullied to feel better, and it’s useful for kids that have been bullies to learn that it’s just not a great way to be. What’s more, the Diesel book is free on Kindle until June 11th, so you can head there now and pick up this book for free!
Until next time…Smash, crash, and learn!