What Happens Next by Susan Hughes ill Carey Sookocheff
Susan Hughes offers some thoughtful things to consider in What Happens Next.
Told through a series of statements usually beginning with the word "what,” a young girl describes events in her life. Each statement is followed by her observations and inner thoughts.
While all problems with bullies are not quickly and easily solved, Hughes' book can serve as resource for helping children and adults acknowledge the problem of bullying and suggest positive proactive steps to deal with bullies.
Sookocheff's line drawings are punctuated with blue and green blocks of color, echoing emotions. This use of color is particularly evident in the blue wash used to identify the narrator. Near the story's conclusion, small hints of red are introduced.
Written for children, this picture book can serve as a resource for parents, caregivers, and professionals who work with young people who face the constant threat of bullying.