Are They Actually Misbehaving Or Are They Experiencing Growing Pains?
Bad behavior by these characters is brought on by various things. And many times the characters don't even recognize that their actions aren't the best. That's why these books are such valuable teaching aids. They offer varied topics for discussions, but at the same time, the talks don't feel like lectures since you've just read a fun book.
There's no doubt Eddie is a bully and that most of the students stay clear of him. But what will happen when a new student is assigned to sit next to him? (Eddie does say some pretty hateful things, but it offers a wonderful opportunity to help students realize how words can really hurt.) And the illustrations are wonderful!
Now here's a book you will either be okay with or really not like. I was one who saw a book that helps point out how ugly and silly bad behavior can look and that parents can catch on fairly quickly to mistakes they might have made, so don't even think of repeating bad behavior.