Book Reviews

Book Reivew: My Monster and Me by Nadiya Hussain, Illustrated by Ella Bailey

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Genre: Picture Book, Mental Health
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: A touching story about a little boy whose worry monster follows him everywhere he goes. It’s there when he gets dressed, when he wants to play with his toys, and even when his friends come over to visit. How can he escape his worries?

Having struggled with anxiety for as long as she can remember, Nadiya Hussain has written this heartfelt story to ensure that no child suffers in silence–no matter what shape their worry monster may take.


My Review: My Monster and Me talks about anxiety and what it looks and feels like from a child’s point of view in an interesting way.

The monster represents the boy’s anxiety who went everywhere with the boy. The many ways anxiety affects daily life is accurately illustrated through well-drawn scenes.

It’s not until someone sits down to listen to the boy – allowing him to fully express how the monster makes him feel – that his anxiety lessens. The ending I liked a lot for its authenticity and hope of a brighter tomorrow.

I think this is a good way to start open conversations about our fears and worries. I liked reading this story with its wonderful illustrations and representation of anxiety.

Quotes of the Day

Quote of the Day (from Kind of Coping)

“I forgive myself for what I couldn’t do today, and resolve to try again tomorrow. It is enough to just keep trying. I. Am. Enough.”


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Book Review: Kind of Coping: An Illustrated Look at Life with Anxiety by Maureen Marzi Wilson

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Genre: Nonfiction, Graphic Novel, Mental Health
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Recommend to Others?: Yes
Favorite Quote: “I forgive myself for what I couldn’t do today, and resolve to try again tomorrow. It is enough to just keep trying. I. Am. Enough.”

ABOUT: If you struggle with anxiety, you may feel like it’s you against the world all the time. Sometimes, your anxiety can be too much to handle all at once—wouldn’t it be nice to have someone around that understood exactly what you were going through?

Meet Marzi! She struggles with anxiety just like you. In Kind of Coping, join Marzi as she (kind of) copes with her own anxiety from day to day, finding the humor in her condition with this collection of funny, encouraging, and supportive comics that show you the best you can do sometimes is just kind of cope—and that’s totally OK!

Whether it’s a panic attack or an awkward social snafu, Marzi knows what you are going through. With over 150 full-color doodles that deliver hope and inspiration, unconditional support, and big laughs, let Marzi share her journey with you.


My Review: Another great read from Maureen Marzi Wilson. I absolutely loved Kind of Coping for its authenticity and realism about life with anxiety.

I loved how honest and personal Marzi was while at the same time adding humor to the narrative. The narrative is illustrated in different ways, which made each page a worthwhile and informative read.

A question that stood out to me was, “Why does it feel more acceptable to be physically ill than mentally ill?” This stuck with me because there is still a negative stigma surrounding mental health, making others reluctant to seek help or be ashamed by it.

Kind of Coping creates an open and safe place to talk about the hard parts of mental health and anxiety. It aptly explains what anxiety is, what it looks like, and feels like in all its complex layers. I liked the different coping strategies and the tips people can use to understand and help someone with anxiety. It reminds the reader over and over that it’s okay to not feel okay or worried and that there’s always something you can do about it if you keep trying.

Kind of Coping is a super creative way to talk about anxiety. I could relate to much of what’s talked about in the book and I adored the illustrations. I highly recommend Kind of Coping to everyone because mental health matters.

More by Maureen Marzi Wilson

The Little Book of Big Feelings (ARC review)