Oh how I wanted to love this book! I stumbled upon it in a children’s bookshop, randomly opened it to the pages dealing with adolescent anxiety, loved how it tackled explaining the experience of dealing with anxiety to young people, and assumed I would equally love how it tackled the other subjects covered inside of The Book of No Worries after requesting a copy from the publisher.
I found the general explanation of worries (how they occur, how they deviate for people who worry more than average, how to deal with worries, and when it’s time to ask help when the worries are too much) to be very good. I thought The Book of No Worries did a great job of making mental health issues like anxiety and depression accessible and recognizable to adolescents. However, I had some issues with the examples used in sections about specific worries (such as puberty, friends, body image, divorce, etc.). While I enjoyed the general overview about worrying, I think the highlighted specific issues are related to a certain type of childhood and would not be applicable, and perhaps even alienating, to those who do not have comfortable childhoods. Granted, I hope most kids who read this book are living comfortable lives, but I could see this being very condescending to a child who is navigating far rougher situations at home and in the world.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a digital copy of this book for free from QEB Publishing via NetGalley. All opinions expressed in the review are my own and have not been influenced by QEB Publishing or NetGalley.
Publication Date: 9 October 2018 by QEB Publishing. Format: E-book ARC.
Author: Lizzie Cox
Illustrator: Tanja Stevanovic behance