Book Review 


Splunkunio Splunkey Detective and Peacemaker  Splunkunio Splunkey Detective y pacificador

Case Two: Big Bully Holly Howler  Caso Segundo: La gran abusiva Holly Howler


Author and Illustrator Elana Ashley, Ph.D.


"What a unique and thought-provoking treatment of a deeply troublesome social issue! This book has a number of features that are normally not found in other texts. One such feature is the inclusion of a Spanish translation side by side with the English in Ashley’s bilingual edition of Big Bully Holly Howler. The use of puppets/animals as characters in real life photographic settings is another effective communication strategy.  The basic concept that is pervasive throughout the story is that the only way to make a friend is to be a friend. Dr. Ashley effectively gives strategies for succeeding with this challenge.

The use of questions for discussion among students and their parents and teachers at the end of the book provides a great foundation for building understanding of bullying issues and developing smart strategies for coping with such situations.  And her poem at the book’s conclusion adds an emotional twist – making the reader more psychologically aware of possible factors influencing the making of a bully and the creation of possible solutions to eliminate the problem.

Although this book is written for the K - 3rd grade student population, its concepts can be expanded to include other age groups as well. In her excellent treatment, she gives situations that students’ might encounter in typical school settings. Dr. Ashley’s multiple novel approaches to her story all come together to make her work a must read for children, parents and others interested in eradicating bullying as a social issue."

H. B. Barrett, Ed.D., Retired Science Education Professor, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, Illinois




Book Reviews of the English Edition


Splunkunio Splunkey Detective and Peacemaker

Case Two: Big Bully Holly Howler


Author and Illustrator Elana Ashley, Ph.D.



Is your child a bully, a victim or a bystander?


“Author and Illustrator Dr. Elana Ashley offers an exceptional book for children to explore this question for themselves.  What an evocative, sensitive, and creative story this is for the young mind!  The characters are fully realized individuals who help readers to think more perceptively about bullying and the harm it causes.  Ashley’s illustrations bring characters vividly alive in a way that will appeal to every child and lead him/her to insights and lessons on this critically important topic.  The book is needed in every library, classroom and home.  The author’s marvelous imagination and originality in illustrating and writing teach all of us the answer to the question—bully, victim or bystander?”  

Joan Franklin Smutny, Director, The Center for Gifted – Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity, Glenview, IL



“Dr. Elana Ashley is a talented writer and an empathetic educator concerned with the emotional needs of children  This book challenges children to stand up against those who would hurt others with words or deeds.  Thinking about ideas she learns especially from peacemaker Splunkey, Ellie Elephant uses strategies that transform Bully Holly Howler into a friend. Congratulations on your achievement!”

Penny Fields, President, Off-Campus Writers’ Workshop, Winnetka, IL



 “The tone of Dr, Ashley’s writing conveys the tenderness that any child hurt by a bully longs for. This simple story sows seeds of courage and empowerment that a child faced with intimidation can use.”

Judith Marinelli Godfrey, Writer and Educator



“Hurray! Splunkunio Splunkey Detective and Peacemaker is back in action in the second book of Dr. Elana Ashley’s adventure series entitled Case Two: Big Bully Holly Howler. Splunkey uses common sense and smart thinking to empower his young friends to solve problems, get along with others, and make the world a better place.”

Cindra Macciomei, Health Consultant



“This book teaches children how to think on their own in resolving a bullying problem by analyzing a situation and then putting a plan into action to achieve positive results. Great cast of characters. I highly recommend it.”

Ted Naktin, Marketing Project Manager



“Three cheers for Dr. Elana Ashley’s newest book Big Bully Holly Howler!


Targeted for the preschool and primary grades, this delightful story teaches children ways to deal with bullies. The book also promotes messages of friendship and teamwork. Puppeteer Elana Ashley uses her favorite storybook characters in a non-threatening manner to present this subject.


Her book will be coming out in English and English-Spanish editions. Ashley’s book would be a wonderful addition to any public library, school library or classroom collection.


I wish Elana the best of luck with her new children’s book!”

Becky Weiner, Lover of Good Books