The Worry (Less) Book: Feel Strong, Find Calm, and Tame Your Anxiety!
The Worry (Less) Book: Feel Strong, Find Calm, and Tame Your Anxiety!
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Annotation: An introduction to anxiety, giving readers the tools to recognize, understand, and help calm their worries, with playful illustrations throughout.
Catalog Number: #218868
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 61 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-316-49519-0
ISBN 13: 978-0-316-49519-6
Dewey: 152.4
LCCN: 2019954828
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
There are plenty of reasons for young people to be anxious in today's world, but author Brian aims to help them manage their anxiety with this guide that combines short, direct, conversational text and simple cartoon humans with round heads, stick limbs, and varying skin tones and physical ability levels. The opening chapter gives an overview of anxiety, including how it can be useful as our body's alarm system and why too much can cause problems, with panels featuring the cartoon figures adding levity to the tough topic. Successive chapters continue in the same manner as they explain more about anxiety's effects on minds and bodies, ways people react to anxiety, and how to figure out if it's causing you problems. From here, the guide turns to self-care and offers numerous strategies for alleviating anxiety. The final chapters encourage readers to get out of their comfort zone by learning to tolerate discomfort and embracing failure as a path to success rather than allowing it to fuel anxiety. An encouraging mental health resource.
Kirkus Reviews
A comic-book primer on anxiety.In this follow-up to the remarkable Consent (For Kids!) (2019), a variety of cartoon characters learn what anxiety is, how it can affect the body and mind, and how to manage or even overcome it. Anxiety is depicted as a lumpy gray blob, like unappetizing oatmeal with eyes and the occasional limb, but isn’t demonized. At first readers learn that “Anxiety can alert us to a threat,” as the blob helpfully yells, “Look out!” while pointing at a sign labeled “Danger.” Brian continues: “But it can also feel uncomfortable,” as a child gets stuck in the blob. The brain also shows up as a character, a strangely endearing figure that talks back but can also be fooled. This entertaining, appealing, and friendly guide will be immensely helpful for readers of all ages, and it succeeds in being simple, direct, and clear without a hint of condescension. In the grayscale art with pops of yellow, child characters are depicted with various skin tones and hairstyles; one uses a wheelchair. Brian encourages readers to work hard to confront their anxieties, without assigning blame or fault if they can’t, and the concrete, practical tips offered are invaluable. Despite the serious topic, it’s also consistently funny, with fears both familiar and ridiculous presented in similarly arch tones.Excellent and absolutely necessary. (Graphic nonfiction. 6-10)
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
A comic-book primer on anxiety.In this follow-up to the remarkable Consent (For Kids!) (2019), a variety of cartoon characters learn what anxiety is, how it can affect the body and mind, and how to manage or even overcome it. Anxiety is depicted as a lumpy gray blob, like unappetizing oatmeal with eyes and the occasional limb, but isn’t demonized. At first readers learn that “Anxiety can alert us to a threat,” as the blob helpfully yells, “Look out!” while pointing at a sign labeled “Danger.” Brian continues: “But it can also feel uncomfortable,” as a child gets stuck in the blob. The brain also shows up as a character, a strangely endearing figure that talks back but can also be fooled. This entertaining, appealing, and friendly guide will be immensely helpful for readers of all ages, and it succeeds in being simple, direct, and clear without a hint of condescension. In the grayscale art with pops of yellow, child characters are depicted with various skin tones and hairstyles; one uses a wheelchair. Brian encourages readers to work hard to confront their anxieties, without assigning blame or fault if they can’t, and the concrete, practical tips offered are invaluable. Despite the serious topic, it’s also consistently funny, with fears both familiar and ridiculous presented in similarly arch tones.Excellent and absolutely necessary. (Graphic nonfiction. 6-10)
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ALA Booklist (9/1/20)
Reading Level: 3.0
Interest Level: 1-4
Guided Reading Level: Q
Fountas & Pinnell: Q

Start worrying less and enjoying life with this book for people who worry or struggle with anxiety (so yeah -- everyone)!

We all have a mixture of fun and not-so fun feelings. And everyone feels worried sometimes. But too much anxiety can get in the way. So this book is here to help you identify your anxiety, understand why it's just part of that thing we call life, and equip you with all the tools you need to find calm again.

Playfully presented, packed with fun and helpful illustrations, and expertly vetted, author-artist Rachel Brian (co-creator of the viral "Tea Consent"video) delivers a must-have book for anyone who wonders why they worry or how to better live with their anxiety. From recognizing when you're feeling anxious and worried, to taking charge by training your brain and using awesome techniques to help you feel good again, this book will have you worrying less and living more.


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