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The Worrysaurus

Written by Rachel Bright

Illustrated by Chris Chatterton

Key Stage 1 Family / Home Stories General Fiction Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE)

LoveReading View on The Worrysaurus

Perfectly visualises how a child’s anxieties can grow and how they can learn to deal with them

Children’s mental health and wellbeing are a high priority for all schools and parents. This wonderfully reassuring book is from the award-winning Rachel Bright, teamed with illustrator Chris Chatterton who has created the most adorable little dinosaur: The Worrysaurus. Parents will immediately recognise the behaviour of a natural worrier - the child that likes to plan ahead and to have thought of everything before setting out to enjoy a lovely picnic. But it is not long before the overthinking gets out of control and a suggestion from a similarly nervous lizard feeds his anxieties just as children can do to each other. But Worrysaurus has a very helpful strategy in place and he remembers his mother’s advice. He has a tin of precious things in his bag and, going through them one by one, they give him the strength to set the butterfly of worry free. Even tiny children know all about the feeling of butterflies in the tummy so this is universally relatable. He shares a lovely picnic with the anxious lizard and they learn to live in the moment instead of worrying about what might happen. While this can simply be read as an enjoyable rhyming story, it will be most useful to prompt discussion and sharing. It will work well  for this purpose with children in Key Stage One and Two making it a very useful purchase indeed.

Joy Court

The Worrysaurus Synopsis

A fun and reassuring tale about dealing with worries from the author of the bestselling The Lion Inside.

It's a beautiful day and Worrysaurus has planned a special picnic. But it isn't long before a small butterfly of worry starts fluttering in his tummy . . .

What if he hasn't brought enough to eat? What if he gets lost in the jungle? What if he trips and falls? What if it rains?!

Can Worrysaurus find a way to chase his fears away and have fun? The perfect book to help every anxious little dinosaur let go of their fears and feel happy in the moment.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781408356135
Publication date: 14th November 2019
Author: Rachel Bright
Illustrator: Chris Chatterton
Publisher: Orchard Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 1
Topics: Family / Home Stories, General Fiction, Personal Social Health Economic

About Rachel Bright

Rachel Bright is a wordsmith, illustrator and professional thinker of happy thoughts. She has written several books for children, including Love Monster, The Lion Inside and The Koala Who Could – winner of the Evening Standard Oscar’s Book Prize and the Sainsbury’s Book Award. Her books have sold over 300,000 copies in the UK alone and been translated into over 30 languages. She is also the creator of award-winning stationery and homewares range, The Brightside. Rachel lives on a farm near the seaside, with her partner and their two young daughters. You can read an extended biography of ...

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