|Puppy in my head : a book about mindfulness|
Author: Gravel, Elise
Helps kids cope with anxiety using a dog as a metaphor for the feeling they have in their head and various ways to calm it down.
Kirkus Reviews (11/01/20)
School Library Journal (12/01/20)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 12/01/2020 PreS-Gr 2—Have you ever wondered why it's hard to focus when you are scared, excited, or worried? Gravel explains mindfulness for preschoolers and lower-elementary grades. The narrative is told from the perspective of an unnamed child who has tan skin and brown hair. A puppy named Ollie lives in her head. When Ollie needs to calm down, the narrator describes how she controls her dog using her magical leash. This invisible leash is actually her breath. The narrator practices deep, slow breathing. This is a clever narrative tactic to introduce the concept of mindfulness. The child encourages people to take time to listen and accept themselves (and their inner Ollie). It may sound a little meta for a nonfiction picture book, but, ultimately, thanks in large part to Gravel's signature quirky digital illustrations, it works. The antics of the playful dog are likely to strike a chord with kids, particularly those who struggle to control their emotions. Parents, therapists, and teachers will find the text to be useful in giving children the tools to deal with anxiety. VERDICT Make room for this one-of-a-kind book that explains emotions in a way kids can understand…even if it is a tad abstract.—Jennifer Knight, North Olympic Lib. Syst., Port Angeles, WA - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.