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Caleb and Willie: Powerful New Children's Book Kick-Starts Conversation About Bullying, Through Unconventional Story of a Pesky (And Destructive!) Rooster

Missy Jo Wetzel’s engrossing new picture book bucks the trend of overly-serious and dry bullying-awareness books by highlighting the problem in a setting that is both unorthodox and fun. Caleb is being bullied by Willie, his grandparents’ new rooster. Sounds whacky? It’s intentional!


Kingston, AR -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/04/2014 -- No parent or educator will deny that bullying around the world has become something of a modern-day and very urgent epidemic. However, time has proven that existing resources to raise attention of the problem fail in their stride. Uniquely fusing fact with fiction, Missy Jo Wetzel has released an unlikely yet hugely-powerful new book to address the problem with gusto.

‘Caleb And Willie (The Beginning)’ is as fun and entertaining as it is important.


Bullying is a hot topic these days, and author Missy Wetzel’s inventive children’s book, Caleb and Willie, offers parents and teachers a fun, new way to talk about the issue with their kids.

Far from typical, this is a story about six-year-old Caleb who is being bullied by none other than his grandparent’s new rooster, Willie. Sounds a bit silly, right? But truth is always stranger than fiction, and this crazy story is based on events that actually happened in Wetzel’s life.

Young readers will laugh at Willie’s ninja-rooster skills but sympathize with Caleb’s frustrating predicament when he keeps getting blamed for Willie’s destructive actions—and is forced to miss out on a fun fishing trip with Grandpa…and eat oatmeal for the second day in a row.

A great read for the classroom, the story of Caleb and Willie helps students consider bullying in a new light by setting it in an unexpected context. Complete with discussion questions at the end, this book brings kids into a larger conversation about how to deal with bullying and what happens when you make a bad decision.

“The entire point of this book is to subconsciously teach children about bullying without them realizing that it is actually taking place,” explains Wetzel, who proudly homeschools her youngest child. “It’s a great conversation starter for family and educators; in my opinion, there should be a copy in every home and classroom.”

Continuing, “The amazing thing is that this story was inspired by reality! My own experiences served as the inspiration for what must be one of the most unique books on bullying every created. I believe that we can make a real difference by bucking the trend of “preachy” anti-bullying books and giving children something to read that is just plain fun!”.

With the book’s popularity increasing, interested readers are urged to purchase their copies as soon as possible.

‘Caleb And Willie (The Beginning)’ is available now: http://amzn.to/1qmTGAM. Further books are planned.

About Missy Wetzel
Missy Wetzel is happily married to her best friend and love of her life. Together they have two delightful children and live on a small farm, tucked into the beautiful Ozark Mountains. As the wife of a wounded veteran, she strongly believes in the importance of supporting our nation’s military personnel and their families and is an advocate of the Wounded Warrior Project. She treasures quality family time, taking care of all their animals, and spending time in the garden.

A graduate of Ashford University, Wetzel holds degrees in both education and accounting, and currently homeschools her youngest child. Her debut children’s book, Caleb and Willie, is a fictional account of actual events from her life that sheds light on the timely topic of bullying—through a surprising tale about a boy and a rooster.