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Anna Liza and the Happy Practice

Written by Eoin Colfer

Illustrated by Matt Robertson

Part of the 4u2read Series

Key Stage 1 Family / Home Stories Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE) Work / Industry

LoveReading View on Anna Liza and the Happy Practice

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 7+

Dotted with knock knock jokes and including an hilarious bit of involuntary roller skating, this little book will have young readers smiling. Anna Liza wants to be a psychiatrist like her mum, after all, she says, a job where you can make sad people happy again must be the best job in the world. Unknown to her mum, she’s set up a practice in the waiting room which is where she meets Edward. Edward’s sad because his daddy is sad, and Anna Liza is determined to help. Her unorthodox approach – it’s where the roller skating comes in – certainly does the trick. Lots of children will know an adult who is unhappy like Edward’s dad, and this amusing story touches lightly on the subject of depression while reminding us all of the things that make life worth living.

For more gently, funny treatments of depression for children, see Brilliant by Roddy Doyle and Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot by Horatio Clare.  

Andrea Reece

Anna Liza and the Happy Practice Synopsis

Anna Liza likes to help cheer up her mother's psychiatric patients with her 17 top knock-knock jokes and cheerful songs, but when she meets Edward, she hits a brick wall. Edward's dad is so sad since his mum left; he says his life isn't going anywhere any more. Anna Liza has a plan to get him on the move again, if only she can manage to evade her mother's attention long enough ...

A thoughtful and playful story of empathy and kindness from global bestseller Eoin Colfer, particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 7+.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781800900523
Publication date: 7th October 2021
Author: Eoin Colfer
Illustrator: Matt Robertson
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 64 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 1
Topics: Family / Home Stories, Personal Social Health Economic , Work / Industry

About Eoin Colfer

Both Eoin Colfer’s parents were teachers and young Eoin was taught by his dad Billy at Wexford’s Christian Brothers primary. Eoin remembers his dad’s presence in school as “witty…[he] made school fun.” Colfer junior’s first attempt at serious writing came in the sixth grade. “I wrote a play for the class about Norse Gods. Everyone died in the end except me.” Eoin followed in his parents’ footsteps and trained to be a teacher but his writing didn't stop ...

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