Local author throws the book at bullies

Sharyn Erickson wants every child to know he is special just because he is who he is. No one deserves to be bullied. No one has to fit in because everyone was born to stand out, she says.

Determined to share that message with kids of all kinds, Erickson wrote, illustrated and published her first children’s book, “Little Monster and the Bullies.”

Award-winning artist Sharyn Erickson joins the ranks of children’s book authors and illustrators with her self-published book, “Little Monster and the Bullies.” Submitted photo

Award-winning artist Sharyn Erickson joins the ranks of children’s book authors and illustrators with her self-published book, “Little Monster and the Bullies.” Submitted photo

In her book, Erickson, an accomplished artist and longtime member of Artists del Norte, tells the story of a brave little monster who goes into the forest, seeking adventure. Soon he befriends a group of bullied misfits.

When the bullies see the help and care Little Monster and the misfits share with each other, some of the bullies want to become the misfits’ friends, too.

Erickson believes that, after reading her book, children and their grown-ups will learn how important it is to have a support system to stand up against bullying.

“A bully wants you to feel bad about yourself. Chances are (the bully) doesn’t feel too good about himself so he makes fun of you. The bully doesn’t realize that you are special because you are who you are,” Erickson said when asked to describe her motivation to publish this book.

The author and illustrator said she felt especially driven to publish “Little Monster and the Bullies” because “bullying has become more prevalent with the anonymity of social media and the need for the community to become more aware of the pain it can cause.”

Erickson said she believes bullying it disobeying the Golden Rule: Treat others as you want to be treated.

“Remember, you are an important part of God’s creation,” she said. “Follow your dream and don’t let anyone stop you.”

“Little Monster and the Bullies” is available for purchase ($15 plus $2.75 for shipping) at TheSensitiveMouse.com.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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