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Author: Hughes, Alison
Illustrator: Rabby, Jennifer
Publisher: A. Hughes and J. Rabby
Year Published: 2018
ISBN: 9781999393403
Grades: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Kindergarten

The Creepy-Crawly Thought

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From Edmonton author, Alison Hughes, this delightful picture book is for all young children who are anxious, or troubled by “creepy” thoughts and scary ideas.  In rhyming text, Hughes offers a multitude of strategies  – “flush them down the toilet”, “blow them out the front door!…snort them out the back!” plus burning, recycling, and sending them to outer space in a balloon – to name just a few.  Some of the suggestions may be met with smiles and giggles that go a long way to reducing stress.  All the strategies, including singing and thinking happy thoughts, become part of the narrator’s plan and the reader sees her growing in control and the confidence needed to confront her fears.

Illustrations, by Jennifer Rabby, feature wobbly, large-eyed, undefined blots of colour that aptly capture the amorphous, elusive and scary nature of anxieties that plague many young children, especially at bedtime.

This picture book provides a gentle introduction to anxiety and will foster a discussion that encourages young children to give voice to their own fears and anxieties.

“A …picture book that offers readers humour to confront anxieties.” (Kirkus Review: March 15, 2019)



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