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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.