Isaac the InstiGator

A Story about Avoiding Drama and Building Positive Relationships with Peers

Author: Jeff Tucker
Illustrator: Brian Martin
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Isaac isn’t any ordinary alligator living quietly in the swamp. He’s an INSTIgator! 

He spends his days spying on the neighbors and eavesdropping on their conversations. The more he listens, the more jealous he becomes. They have real friendships. He’s all alone. With no one to talk to except an old, rotting stump, Isaac is angry and miserable. So he sets out to make sure everyone else in the swamp is miserable, too. 

Isaac can perfectly mimic every voice in the swamp, and he uses this special talent to start arguments, stir up trouble, and turn friends against friends. But can he instigate a fight between two of the swamp’s biggest besties? Or will they sniff out his dirty trick and teach him a lesson he’ll never forget? 

Isaac the InstiGator is written for young readers ages 5 through 11. Author and school counselor Jeff Tucker delivers a timely and powerful message about trust, deception, forgiveness and friendship. Tucker is the creator of the popular Chicorée Elementary Stories for Success book series, which includes My Name’s Sammy, and I’m No Snitch and Emelia Understands Equity.  

Whether your child or student is instigating conflict themselves or being instigated to engage in conflict by peers, tips for parents and educators are included at the end of the storybook to help with either situation. 31 pgs.

Extend the learning with Six Downloadable Activities!

Enjoy a sneak peek at the story!

About the Author

JEFF TUCKER is the author of the popular Chicorée Elementary Stories for Success book series. He is a licensed professional counselor with experience providing mental health services to students of all ages. An avid reader and writer since childhood, he believes in the power of books to help young people thrive. Jeff holds a master's degree in counseling and is currently pursuing a doctorate in counselor education and supervision from Adam's State University.

Published by Boys Town Press

ISBN: 978-1-944882-86-0


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