What To Do When You Worry Too Much, By Dawn Huebner, Magination Press, £5.84

What is the book about?

What To Do When You Worry Too Much is a guide to dealing with anxious thoughts that takes the form of a children’s book. It uses a series of easily understandable metaphors, ideas and language to aid in explaining memorable and useful coping mechanisms.

Who is it aimed at?

The main target audience for this book were younger children and their parents but even now after re-reading it as a teenager, there are still ideas from it that I use today, so it could definitely be helpful to others.

What was your favourite part?

My favourite part was the frequent use of metaphors, such as growing tomatoes, that were used to make the ideas expressed easier to understand. When presented more formally, dealing with anxieties, especially for young people, can seem daunting so I’ve always found this to be deeply helpful

when looking back on the book.

What was your least favourite part?

At some points I found some of the ideas to be more helpful for smaller situations that are easier to handle and less directed towards some of the more complex and serious worries that children are occasionally faced with but this did not subtract from its massively helpful tips on dealing with many other kinds of difficulties.

Which character would you most like to meet?

As this book is not one which has characters, when reading a little more about this one I took a particular interest in the author Dawn Huebner, a clinical psychologist, and her approaches and effort to help children and their parents in difficult situations.

Why should someone buy this book?

This book is perfect to buy for your child or younger relative that has had trouble coping with worrying situations as it provides advice that does not dismiss these feelings but gives comprehensive, helpful solutions. I loved it when I was younger and still do.