Helping Kids: Go Away, Mr Worrythoughts!

The final review in our Helping Kids series is one for all those parents of little worries, of which I am one.

Interestingly, I’ve got one kid who seem to worry about nothing much at all, but another who finds himself worrying about pretty much everything (he’s a bit like his mum I’m afraid). I’ve asked him to have a read…

Today’s picture book is Nicky Johnston’s Go Away, Mr Worrythoughts! which has been written and illustrated to help and encourage children to manage and overcome their anxiety:

Bayden is an intelligent, confident and courageous boy. Yet he is often overwhelmed by his worry thoughts. His anxiety makes his life quite unbearable at times.

See how Bayden discovers his superpowers, takes control and is able to live free and happy!

I love how this story has been put together! It doesn’t try and unpick worries, and doesn’t offer complicated explanations as to the what and why of anxiety in kids. It simply suggests – to the kids themselves – that they have the power to choose not to worry.

It is empowering, sensible and gentle, offering the reader encouragement to start using their ‘superpowers’ to enjoy life and to make Mr Worrythought shrink away:

Pow! Instantly Bayden’s superpowers reduced Mr Worrythoughts to half his size.

“I am not going to listen to you anymore!” Bayden yelled.

Zap! Mr Worrythoughts shrank again.

I particularly like the fact that there are some very practical suggestions at the end of the book that kids could use to actively fight their anxiety – stress balls, letters, paper planes! It’s great advice!

The book has been beautifully illustrated by Nicky, making the story bright, attractive and accessible to kids of all ages.

You can find out more about the book and about Nicky Johnston her website. There’s also a Go Away, Mr Worrythoughts! production that provides a great avenue to support discussions around managing anxiety and worries. If you think this would be helpful to yourself or your school, why not check out more information here?

I’m definitely going to keep this book on hand for future reference, and might even try and take a lesson out of it for myself!

You can buy a copy of Go Away, Mr Worrythoughts! in the TBYL Store now, as well as copies of Nicky’s follow-up book Happythoughts are Everywhere… Shop Now!

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