Go Away, Worry Monster!
EK Books, 2020
32pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
It is the night before Archie is due to start at a new school and the Worry Monster has crept into his bedroom spruiking all the usual worries about getting lost, not making friends, doing maths all day and no sport that such monsters do.
Normally, Archie would call on his mum and dad to scare it away because it is scared of them, but this time he tries to have a go himself. He thinks back to the things his mum taught him the last time, and summoning all his courage he applies them. He takes a deep breath so his lungs make his belly grow bigger like a balloon; he thinks of the facts and tells them to the Worry Monster; he tells the Worrmy Monster to go away; and then he reads a book to ignore it and distract him. But do his strategies work…
Worry Monsters have been out and about all this year, not just before big events like starting school and any stories that help our littlies develop strategies to send them on their way are welcome. This one is beautifully written and illustrated and any child could put themselves in Archie’s pyjamas and feel empowered.
Encouraging littlies to dig deep to find the courage and determination to send the Worry Monster scampering is an ongoing process because they’re not necessarily ready to do it at the same time as their siblings or peers. So to have another book in the arsenal is valuable – sharing Archie’s story might just be the one that reaches a particular child.