Book Reviews

for  “Taking the Bully by the Horns”

Quote:  “Bullying is a widespread problem that has serious ramifications on students’  ability to progress academically and to grow emotionally and socially. Every school and home should have a copy of Kathy Noll’s book, “Taking the Bully by the Horns”  to ensure successful prevention.”  — J.P. Superintendent

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Editorial & School Reviews

Guidance Counselor

“Your book will enable me to do something that just might save a child’s life, and for that, I thank you.”

School Principal

“Your book should be taught as a class in all schools!”

PTA President 

“Taking the Bully by the Horns is extremely well-written, detailed and helpful.”

Angela Fubler – Educator & Child Advocate

Kathy, this is one of the easiest reads on bullying that I have come across!! Bravo! You have taken a very sensitive issue and made it bearable–even better–overcome-able! Excellent work.
I was very emotional reading your book. I really could identify with the bully behavior that exists within my school. Your advice is effective and life changing! I will read “Taking the Bully by the Horns” with both my students and my own children. WELL DONE!! Thanks for writing this fabulous book! I am going to to do as much as I can to push it in the schools and the community at large.

Teachers Net

Researched with support from child psychologist and best-selling author Dr. Jay Carter, Kathy Noll’s book looks at the causes and cures for the bullying problem that plagues our school population.

Teacher; Children’s Television Workshop

As a former teacher who recognized and struggled with the effects of bullying in the classroom, I saw firsthand that there is most definitely a need for “Taking The Bully By The Horns.” Teachers can use the lessons learned in it to maintain safe environments in their classrooms. The bullying examples in each chapter can easily be used in classroom role play, and teachers can use the information to teach and model specific appropriate behaviors.

Main Street Mom

Got Kids? This is a book to have on your shelves. I love the overall language and voice of this book. It is done intelligently and with respect to where kids are in their lives today. The layout is smart; it makes logical sense, in terms of how the bully process starts, proceeds, and ends.  “Taking the Bully by the Horns” could potentially restore the confidence of many children and arm others sufficiently to prevent trouble all by themselves.  I recommend this one!

Ginny’s Educational WebPages

Take time to read “Taking the Bully by the Horns.” It will give you an insight to bullies, victims, and reactions. It is written for ease in understanding the why’s and how’s of bullying, that people who are bullied don’t have to be “victims,” and actions–not reactions–can be taken to improve situations. This book can be an effective tool against bullying and at the same time provide an insight at to why young people turn to bullying.


Very important and perceptive book. This book should find a useful place in any school counselor’s office or school library.

Cyber Kids

This book contains very good advice and teaches you how to recognize different types of bullies and games they play.

Intellectual Capital – “When Father Doesn’t Know Best”

Kathy Noll addresses a particular question that emerged from the Columbine High School shooting in her book, “Taking the Bully by the Horns” — physical and emotional bullying. She says parents need to ponder that issue because more teens are acting on their aggressions and frustrations with guns.

The Family Corner

Noll does a wonderful job bolstering the self-respect of the victims. Children will certainly learn a lot from her.

Reading Times

Follow her hints and suggestions, and you will gain the power to eliminate the difficult bully worries in your life!

Connect for Kids

Easily broken down into digestible chapters, this book addresses the seriousness of the issue, offering smart, empowering, proactive “bully” solutions.


I believe in the saying, “Knowledge is power.” The information provided in this book will allow the reader to have a greater understanding of the bully cycle, thus providing a foundation for action.

Parent Soup

This original & inspiring style of writing, and her ability to talk with young people on their level, landed Kathy Noll the job of writing this children’s version of Dr. Jay Carter’s best-selling book, “Nasty People.”

Embracing the Child

Bullying is an epidemic. It did not begin with Littleton and will not end there. This is a serious issue depriving children of self-esteem, and in some cases, leading to violent crimes. I recommend you read “Taking the Bully by the Horns.”

Teen Center

I liked this book because it explains the “Bully Cycle:” When somebody gets bullied, after a while he tries to act tough and then even *he* begins to bully others when he is feeling very small inside and lacks respect for himself.

Healthy Place

Kathy Noll discusses what you can do to help children deal with bullies and also how to prevent them from becoming bullies.

Cyber Parent

Noll looks at bullies from both the stand point of the bully and the bullied. She discusses the “bully games” and how a bully becomes one. She also discusses the victim and gives concrete suggestions and help for dealing with the bully.


One of the most rewarding aspects of my work is when people (especially children) write to me after reading my book, “Taking the Bully by the Horns,” to share how much the book helped them and changed their lives. Here is a story, and a few additional comments, I received that touch my heart and inspire me:
A sweet little boy with only one leg who gets teased at his school read my book. He opened it as a gift from his mother on Christmas morning, and didn’t put it down until he finished. He then said, “I feel a lot better about myself now; this is the best book I ever read.” When his mother told me this, I replied (with tears in my eyes) “This is why I wrote the book.”

From Children:

“I’ve learned a lot from your book.”
“I was scared but your book helped me a lot.”
“It explains why some people act the way they do.”
“Thank You!”
“I like the part where you tell me how to handle the bully.”
“There’s a lot of information in one book.”
“I understand people better now.”

From a Reformed Bully:

“Your book made me realize that how I was acting was hurting others. You helped me to stop – THANKS!”

Full Review from the Children’s Television Workshop:

Taking the Bully by the Horns — reviewed by Laura Gallagher

Break out of the Bully Cycle!

Abstract: In this children’s version of Dr. Jay Carter’s best-selling book, Nasty People, Kathy Noll helps her readers examine, identify, and solve bullying problems. “Taking the Bully by the Horns” tackles the seriousness of bullying and school violence while offering intelligent, successful alternatives to the “bully cycle.”
Bullying can be a serious issue for children, with potentially devastating consequences. “Taking The Bully By The Horns” teaches children to effectively deal with bullying and helps them diffuse potentially explosive situations. Kathy Noll sheds light on how cowardly bullies really are, and offers empowering and helpful solutions for their victims. Chapter I begins with descriptions of the kinds of bullies children typically encounter — leading into Chapter II, which describes the types of games these bullies play. Noll breaks down the reasons why bullies become mean, frequently reminding the reader not to let anyone take advantage of him or her. Important topics touched on throughout the rest of the book include:
A quiz to see if you are a victim of bullying. How to identify if you are a bully. What to do when the bully is a family member. What to do when the bully is a “friend.” Proactive ideas to stop bullies in their tracks. Solutions to solving the bully problem in your life. Peer pressure bullying (drinking, smoking, drugs). Noll cites a study that found 76.8 percent of students say they have been bullied. This book is a down-to-earth way to broach this often hurtful and embarrassing subject. The situations are true-to-life, and anyone who reads this book will learn a lot from her positive writing and upbeat approaches to difficult situations, including specific tips on how to handle the many different types of bullying. As a former teacher who recognized and struggled with the effects of bullying in the classroom, I saw firsthand that there is most definitely a need for “Taking The Bully By The Horns.” In addition to being a terrific tool for children, this book is a great parent resource for helping kids navigate their way through the often rocky waters of adolescent relationships, and teachers can use the lessons learned in it to maintain safe environments in their classrooms. The bullying examples in each chapter can easily be used in classroom role play, and teachers can use the information to teach and model specific appropriate behaviors.

“The Bullying Workbook,”  was developed by request from educators and parents seeking an interactive follow-up to “Taking the Bully by the Horns.”  After each story in this Workbook, students take notes to discuss bullying and other serious issues while examining the actions and behaviors of the characters — including how certain situations could have been handled better. Kids are asked to compare these situations to their own lives and decide what they’ve learned. There is a Q & A section at the end of each chapter and pages for note taking. Each chapter shows examples of someone doing good or helping someone else out who is being bullied, or is in a difficult situation. This is what the author, Kathy Noll, is encouraging the bystanders of bullying to do. The book encourages kids to care enough to get involved in stopping negative behavior and preventing others from getting hurt.

This workbook helps kids build positive character traits, conquer fears, make the right choices, and improve self-esteem. The book also helps bullies lessen their anger, understand how their behavior affects others, and gives them something positive to aspire to. The stories are motivational, inspiring, adventurous, and sometimes humorous to keep the readers attention so they don’t miss the “lesson.”  Children (& adults!) enjoy this book & benefit from it. Teachers & Parents successfully use this book with their kids in the classroom and at home. For All Ages.

Kathy, along with a collaboration of other top self-help experts, has also published a successful book for adults titled “101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life.”  It is recommended for all adults who are either experiencing adult/workplace bullying now — or the lasting effects from childhood bullying.  The chapters hit on all emotional aspects of bullying and what needs to be healed:  anger, grief, guilt, self-esteem, emotional release, forgiveness etc.
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