I know, I know it is Tuesday, but it was Canadian Thanksgiving yesterday and non-geek hubby would not let me near a book or computer -- we got you hubby - Jake and I were not REALLY doing homework last night after dinner!
by Dawn A Huebner, Ph.D.
Illustrated by Robin C. Morris
Suggested Ages: 5 - 10
Description: A surprising number of children worry too much, often for reasons that may seem completely illogical to others. This sensitively written book helps children cope with their predisposition toward excessive worry, and will help prevent more serious anxiety disorders.
Jake's Review: I know why you got me this book mom! Obvious much! Ok, Ok, lets talk about the book so I can get back to playing Wipeout on my DS. I think the author had some great suggestions on how I can deal with my problems. I liked the pictures, they were really funny to look at. I wish the book was longer and gave me more examples of ways to help me. Can I go see somebody like the Dr in the book that I can talk to (mom's note: sniff sniff) I think the book would have been better if I had read it when I was younger, as I think it is written for younger kids. Can I go now.
Jake's Rating: 9/10
Mom's Review: Jake's anxiety is really taking its toll on him and the rest of the family. We are at total loose ends on how to help him, so we are always on the look out for things that might be able to help him. He is currently on a waiting list to attend an anxiety group for kids with Spina Bifida (Seems that many kids that spend a lot of time in health care settings suffer from anxiety) So when I found out about this book, I knew we had to check it out. I think Jake got quite a lot out of it and hopefully he will be able to put some of the ideas into practice. The text is simple and easy to read and the illustrations are comforting to a child. I think I expected more from it, but you could definitely tell it was written by an adult and some of the ideas were a little too adult for a child to be able to simulate. Other than that it was a great conversation starter for Jake and I too discuss some of the issues he is dealing with. Since he read it, he has opened up and has been able to express his thoughts and emotions about some of the things that scare him or make him feel anxious. I would recommend this for any family dealing with kids with anxiety issues as a starting page to help them deal with their issues.
Mom's Rating: 8/10
I got our Inter-library Loan Librarian Marlene to request it from Nipissing University so that Jake and I could read it
Note about my Reviews
Dear Authors: The reviews in this blog are only personal opinions. I have absolutely no background in literature, writing or reviewing. I am a Librarian (actually a Library Technician for those who care OR know the difference) with a love for a good story. The opinions in the reviews are ONLY my OPINIONS. I am not commenting on the writers ability since well -- I am not a writer and never will be. If you are the author of any of the books reviewed here, my opinion is just that and not a judgment against you!