This is a picture book like no other I’ve ever seen. It is a book about a timely topic given all of the problems that our youngsters are having with anxiety and depression.
It is a wordless graphic picture book about a young boy who feels alone with his worries. His worries are common to children of his age group. He doesn’t seem to fit in very well in school. His grades are slipping. Even people who love him are always upset with him.
As a result, he develops anxieties. His world becomes lonely and closed in. He feels like everyone is against him. Yet there doesn’t seem to be a way out of his anxiety and daily toils.
Given the rise in childhood anxieties and teen suicide, this is an important book for all parents and kids. It will open up a way to dialogue about anxiety, acceptance, vulnerability and the experience of worry.
This illustrations are stunning and emotionally laden. They are black and white to illustrate seriousness and intensity.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth